The new-generation Audi A7 continues its testing at the German carmaker’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. Spotted recently, the test mule of the four-door coupe had dropped part of the camo this time, revealing the production headlights and tail lights.
The all-new A7 will carry forward the design language debuted in the flagship A8 sedan. The Prologue Concept will have a lot of design inspiration on the four-door coupe. The grille is sharp-edged and hexagonal similar to the new A8, flanked by sharp LED headlamps. The front bumpers and the air-vents also carry a newly designed motif that will surely make into production.
The roofline flows smoothly towards the tail as compared to the current model. The silhouette is also fresher than the outgoing model. The large rear overhangs indicate a more practical space inside the hatch-style boot. The rear tail lights, however, are all new. The new shape is complemented by a contemporary lighting signature.
Similar to the A8, the tail lights clusters are connected via a light strip running across the entire rear of the car. And in a typical A7 style, a small third brake light sits atop the rear window. The rear bumper is, however, simple in design.
There are no images of the new A7’s interior. However, the cabin will be all new scrounged from the flagship saloon. Therefore, expect an all-digital instrument cluster, with the centre console dominated by large infotainment screens. The four-door coupe will also come with some level of autonomous driving credibility.
Based on the new MLB Evo platform, the new A7 is expected to shed some weight over the current car. The new platform will also help with a new range of powertrains as well. It won’t come as a surprise if the Four Rings offer the new A7 with an electrified powertrain. A performance S7 version is also on cards.
Audi will debut the new A7 later this year and the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is the most likely stage to do so. Following its world premiere, sales would begin in the months to come before the range-topping RS7 arrives next year. The new A7 would compete against the new-gen Porsche Panamera and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS.