Next-Gen Audi A7 Coming This Year With E-Tron Plug-In Hybrid Option

Audi has been working on a replacement of the current A7 for a while and it seems that the Germans have finally settled on a date for its launch.

A report from France’s AutomobileMag says it will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with a  plug-in hybrid to be part of the  family. The PHEV will use a four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. Six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be part of the regular lineup, with the S7 using a twin-turbo V6, and the RS7 a twin-turbo V8.

Built on the latest iteration of the MLB Evo platform, the new Audi A7 should be around 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than its predecessor. It’s also believed to be a tad shorter, though its length will remain close to five meters.

On the outside, Audi’s large four-door coupe will be inspired by the Prologue concept, just like the next A6 and A8.  Inside, it will have completely new layout, similar to the Q8 concept with a Virtual Cockpit instead of analogue dials, and two touchscreen displays to control the main functions, though in an attempt to reduce the number of buttons, the Germans will might drop the MMI wheel.

The 2018 Audi A7 will be packed with technology, from gesture control to voice control, and  self-parking to smartphone-controlling the car. Moreover, the list of features will include the latest active safety and semi-autonomous systems as well.

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  • BarryFastCars

    So Its an Audi Panamera. Sounds good to me!

    • Elmediterraneo

      Not exactly, Audi kept the A7 on the MLB platform while the Panamera is built on the MSB platform.
      The main difference is the gearbox/engine position.
      On the Porsche’s MSB, like a conventional RWD platform with longitudinal mounted front engine, the engine on the front axle and the gearbox primarily connected to the rear wheels. So when you have a 2 wheel drive model that’s a RWD car.
      But on Audi’s MLB, the gearbox is mounted and connected directly to the front axle, pushing the engine much more forward on the car’s structure. That’s why all of the 2 wheel drive versions of Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 are FWD. This is a a technical trick used by Audi from many years to force to pick a Quattro model because buying a FWD Audi A7 is the the stupidest thing you can make.
      But now thanks to the dieselgate, the Volkswagen group wants to kill the MLB platform and force Audi to build his next generations models on the MSB architecture of Porsche and that’s an excellent news because that’s a true RWD platform like BMW’s CLAR or the MRA of Mercedes. So now the current A4, A5, Q5 and Q7, just like the upcoming A6, A7, A8 and Q8 are the lasts Audi’s MLB cars.
      Porsche should take the lead of the Volkswagen’s group engineering not only in luxury cars but also in sportscars because they are clealry the best engineers of the group.

      • BarryFastCars

        Hey thanks for clearing that up. Its a lil hard keep the chassis codes straight. I do feel it would have been a better option for Audi to use the MSB platform though. On that topic, I am so excited for the next gen Bentley Continental GT using the MSB platform. It stands to lose well over 500lbs.

      • Glisse

        Funny guy. Over 70% of Porsche sales are now Macan and Cayenne. As per the next generation, they are using Audi platforms and Audi engines (the KoVoMo V6 and V8 are based on Audi designs, regardless of what Porsche PR you might read). About 20% of the rest of their sales are with a car that has the engine outside the axle, the 911. You’ve been reading too much Porsche PR, which is regurgitated by the press, and is why Porsche have the highest margins in the business. Look at the weight of the new Panamera on the MSB platform, and compare it to the weight of the old model to see just what efficiency gains those engineering gurus at Porsche managed to achieve. Zero. Some of their cars are great, I like the 718 despite the engines. But you give them too much credit.

  • my level of excitement for that in next to zero.

    • O123

      Normally id agree but the a7 is my favourite Audi. Looks stunning in the flesh.

      • KenjiK

        Hope they won’t ruin it like they did with the Q7 and A5/S5…

  • Mark S

    Meh! It is looking like a cold knockoff off the currant/last generation like all new Audi’s.

  • c3vzn

    This is going to be sexy

  • Jhon

    i can tell it’s not looking as it should be , disappointed

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