Audi has released its new four-door A7 Coupe from captivity, which will launch on the Irish market in late February 2018.
It wears very distinctive outer clothing, its bodyline catching your eyes from any angle.
At the front, slim headlights sit either side of its single-frame grille, which is wider and lower than that of the Audi A8, while inside you are feted to the future, where the mix of materials, layout and finish is attractive to the eye and the touch - premium perfection.
The interior architecture integrates Audi’s new MMI touch response operating concept replacing the conventional buttons and controls of the previous model with two large, high-resolution touch displays. The cars infotainment system is controlled from the upper display. Mounted on the asymmetric console of the centre tunnel, the 8.6-inch lower display provides access to the climate control system, comfort functions and text input. MMI navigation plus also includes the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display.
All engines used in the Audi A7 Sportback come as standard with a new mild hybrid system (MHEV). There will be a choice of four and six-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel, with the 3.0TDI 231HP expected to be the most popular variant. The two V6 engines use a 48-volt primary electrical system. A belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a lithium-ion battery and achieves a recuperation performance of up to 12 kW when braking. At speeds between 55 and 160 km/h, the four-door Coupé can coast in a freewheeling mode with the engine deactivated and then restarted comfortably via the BAS.
The start-stop function has been significantly expanded and now activates at 22 km/h. In combination with the standard front camera, the engine can be restarted while at a standstill as soon as the vehicle ahead begins to move. The MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
The Audi A7 has been developed for highly automated driving. From 2018, Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions, such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.
With the AI button on the all-new Audi A7, the driver can activate the Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot, which will be made available for use in 2018. These functions autonomously manoeuvre the Audi A7 Sportback in to and out of a parking space or garage. The driver can get out of the car before launching the function via the myAudi app on their smartphone.
Besides the Audi AI systems, the all-new A7 Sportback features a total of 39 driver assistance systems to make things easier for the driver.
They are split up into three packages: the Audi AI parking package (gradual introduction beginning 2018), the City assist package with the new crossing assist, and the Tour assist package. The latter includes such things as the efficiency assistant, which facilitates a driving style conducive to reducing consumption, and the adaptive driving assistant (ADA), which supplements the adaptive cruise control (ACC) with helpful steering interventions to maintain the lane. All driver assistance systems feature improved control mechanisms.