Reports about the all-new Audi A7 Sportback dramatically changing shape are not new, but now we also have some technical details to delve upon.
US magazine Automobile claims that the upcoming 2017 Audi A7 Sportback will stick to the five-door fastback concept but the proportions will change dramatically. The car is expected to have a lower, wider and more expressive shape thanks to a custom single-frame grille, LED headlights, active aerodynamics and bigger wheel arches.
The cabin will mark a shift too, from the classic MMI knob and buttons to touchscreen-based ergonomics. According to the report, Audi plans to offer an in-dash video monitor that will be integrated with the steering wheel, forming a unit that will be fully adjustable for tilt and reach.
Following a trend started by the new Audi TT and Audi Q7, the A7 Sportback will switch to large, customizable, full-color screens for the main instruments, including a head-up display with night-vision capability.
As for the engine lineup, Audi will focus on offering more power. The model will get the 252hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the A6, with the unit to be also offered in a new 326hp version with e-boost. The 2017 Audi A7 Sportback is also said to gain a 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel with approximately 350hp always thanks to e-boost technology.
Audi is expected to offer plug-in hybrid versions as well – one with the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit and another with the 3.0-liter turbo V6. As for the high-performance models, the Audi S7 may feature a highly-tuned version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with around 500hp. The Audi RS7 will stick to the 4.0-liter V8 which is estimated to deliver approximately 575hp.
Note: Audi A7 renderings courtesy of RM.Design