Audi is believed to be eyeing a new market segment and thus revealed its five-door A7 Sportback in Munich the other day. It’s a different thing that the pictures of the car were leaked and were all over the Internet even before the actual launch. Now, the good news is that this car may come to India next year or in 2012. The car maker had intentions of launching the A7 in India last year itself. The Sportback Concept was then unveiled at the Auto Expo 2010 by Audi India. Now, we hear that Audi is finalizing its plans for the car’s launch in the domestic market. Does that make you happy? Then, read on!
The A7 Sportback is a real wonder! It is indeed an extremely light, technologically advanced wonder with a body of aluminium and high-tech steels. The four V6 engines work to deliver refined power with and outstanding mileage figures. Not just that. While spewing out 204 bhp, the 3.0 TDI with Multitronic CVT respects the green factor and emits just 139 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The A7 Sportback comes with a host of innovative features. The car’s brawny chassis comes with electromechanical power steering.
The new car does not let down the Audi tradition of offering assistance and infotainment systems along with innovative power that is expected of an Audi. The car will initially be offered with a choice of four refined V6 engines: two gasoline and two TDI units that will expel power in the range of 204-300 bhp. Impressive! The efficiency of these engines is believed to be setting new standards in that class of vehicles. So, competitors, better beware! The 204-bhp new 3.0 TDI with the Multitronic CVT is said to deliver an average mileage of 18.8 kmpl.
Here’s a little note on the dimensions of the five-door luxury coupe: 4.97 metres in length, 1.91 metres in width, but only 1.42 metres high. The A7 Sportback has a stretched hood, a petite front overhang and a long wheelbase, with the magnificently flowing C-pillars and the sharply dropping rear creating a vibrant overall impression.
The optional LED headlights highlight the instantly recognizable expression of the A7 Sportback and provide all light functions with light-emitting diodes. The energy consumption is minimal though. Bi-xenon headlights and LED tail lights come standard in the A7 Sportback. The classic fog lights, however, have been replaced with the novel all-weather light function that has been incorporated in the headlights.
It has been revealed that online services team up with Google to connect the five-door Audi coupe to the Internet via the Bluetooth car phone. There’s a UMTS module that delivers images and information from Google Earth to the monitor and combines them with the navigation route. For connection to mobile devices, there’s a WLAN hotspot. Further to the Bose sound system, the top-of-the-line option is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen featuring 1,300 watts of power and 15 speakers.
So, we now know why the car has been named A7; it sits exactly between the Audi A6 and the Audi A8 and also steals a few design cues from them. This car is believed to take on the likes of the Mercedes Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide and the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo. Let’s wait and watch what happens if the new car makes its entry, as said, in 2011-2012.