Audi A7 Sportback arrives sporting Hybrid tech - and it looks NEW too

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The appearance of the A7 Sportback repeats some elements of design that uses the concept of the Proloque. Here's what you really need to know about it.

The 12.3 inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster is familiar from many of other new Audi models. The wheels will be available in up to 21 inch sizes.

The luggage compartment lid finishes with an integrated active spoiler that comes out of hiding at speeds of over 120 km/h (74 mph). Based around the latest evolution of Audi's Major League Baseball platform, it also adopts a wheelbase that is 13mm longer than its predecessor at 2923mm, providing it with a larger footprint that will be shared with the new A6 due in 2018. In back, cargo capacity is 535 litres, enough to store two golf bags sideways; with the rear seats down that capacity climbs to 1,390 litres.

Under the bonnet, the auto is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI petrol engine capable of producing about 335 horsepower and 500Nm of torque. A belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a lithium-ion battery, achieving a recuperation performance of up to 12kW when braking.

An optional extra with the new A7 Sportback is voice recognition. In the NEDC, the entry version of the Audi A7 55 TFSI returns up to 41.5mpg, corresponding to Carbon dioxide emissions of 154g.

For now, the new A7 is only available with Audi's 3-liter V6 TFSI unit churning out 250 kW (340 hp) and 550 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque.

On the engine front there's no doubt there will be four-cylinder petrol and diesel options, but all that's on offer to start with is a V6 petrol.

Another novelty for the A7 is the all-wheel steering setup (offered as optional feature) and four suspension setups available for customers: steel spring suspension, sports suspension that can be lowered by 10 mm (0.4 in), an electronically-controlled damping setup and the self-leveling air suspension. An Audi spokesman, Mark Dahncke, told Consumer Reports that it's too early to know whether the feature will appear on A7s sold in the U.S. Dahncke said sales here are scheduled to begin in late 2018 or early 2019. What's more, the rotary control is now replaced by Audi's MMI tactile interface and there's another 8.6-inch central display (positioned lower on the console) that's used for accessing clime control, comfort and text input functions. An extensively large 10.1-inch primary display dominates the dashboard which allows users to control nearly all the features in the infotainment system.

The latter includes an efficiency assistant, which helps to encourage a driving style for reducing fuel consumption, and the adaptive driving assistant (ADA), which supplements the adaptive cruise control (ACC) with helpful steering interventions to keep the auto in its marked lane.

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