While the CLS from Mercedes might have been the pace setter in the coupe-like sedan segment, the 2019 Audi A7 and all models before it have set the trend thanks in part to its beautiful surfacing, muscular proportions and Kammback rear. Yet for 2019, the Audi A7 aims to take the stakes even higher by undergoing a complete redesign that is set to rope in a number of upgrades and changes.
Prototypes have been on and about for several months and can’t help but think how the handsome four-door has changed. So what has changed? From what we can see, the new 2019 Audi A7 features the same design cues as those on the Prologue concept. It comes with a wide new signature grille and daylight opening that highlight the front fascia.
Around back, the only change seems to be on the taillights which seem to have grown wide but slimmed down. Although we can’t really tell this early, the exterior design almost entirely mimics the proportions of the S-class coupe. However, it still derives some design cues from the automaker’s new established design language that balances the new and the old.
But to understand the new design language much better, it might be a good idea to first examine what the prologue concept is all about. Basically, the prologue concept moves away from the boxiness and angularity of the brand’s recent models and instead distinguishes itself by its taut surfacing, angular headlamps, wide single frame grille, subtle crease lines, low and prominent shoulder line, and traditional wheel arch flares. And even in-spite of this, the 2019 Audi A7 will still be an Audi at first glance and at its core.
Inside, the new model will feature many additional elements that, too, are inspired by the prologue concept. Some of the futuristic elements inside will include several thin-film-transistor displays and swiping functions for the screen. Again, a user will be able to summon a vehicle, say, from the garage or a tight space – a parlor trick that Tesla currently almost monopolizes on.
The model will be built on the brand’s MLB Evo platform – an architecture that aims to revolutionize some of the driver-assisting functions, infotainment and telematics. Also, as much as 200 pounds might be saved from the new architecture. The A7 will now join other models such as the Audi Q7, Audi Q5, Audi A6 and the Audi A5 that are currently making use of the platform.
Other than the said changes, the new 2019 Audi A7 will still continue to be an appealing car that delivers on performance and comfort. Furthermore, it offers an excellent ride-handling balance, dapper styling, excellent technology, hatchback utility, and comfortable interior. On the flipside though, the A7 fails when it comes to rear seat space and steering feedback.
2019 Audi A7 Release Date & Price
It is still too early for us to offer exact details. However, buyers should expect a slight price increase over the current model that retails at around $71,650. The release date should be expected sometime in February 2018.
2019 Audi A7 Engine Specs & Output
The Euro-spec model will feature a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine available in both diesel and gasoline varieties. Additionally, there will be a 3L V6 engine. As some of you might know, the TDI cheating scandal has dirtied the reputation of the six-cylinder diesels for the U.S spec models and as such we don’t expect it as an option for the new model.
The existing model that the 2019 model is aiming to replace features a 3L supercharged V6 engine that produces 340 horsepower – an additional 7 horsepower over the previous model. We expect this same engine to feature on the 2019 Audi A7 although such information is yet to be confirmed by Audi. An eight-speed automatic transmission system should come standard.
According to the EPA – the American government body mandated with the responsibility of examining a car’s fuel economy – the 2019 Audi A7 should just like its immediate predecessor return around 24 mpg for combined city and highway cruising.
2019 Audi A7 Interior Review & Exterior Pictures
From the spy photos, it is clear that the new 2019 Audi A7 hasn’t changed the trim levels on offer – Premium Plus, Prestige, and Competition.
The Audi A7 Premium Plus should come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, a power lift-gate, a moonroof, LED headlamps, automatic climate control, and power adjustable leather seats. The Audi A7 Prestige should add air conditioned front seats, a heads-up display, an upgraded Bose audio system, and more front-seat adjustability.
The top-of-the-trim Audi A7 Competition model should give you an aggressively-tuned rear differential, red brake calipers, black exterior mirrors, and 20-inch matte finished wheels.
The exterior design seems to have changed slightly upfront but the specifics are still hard to point out as the heavy camo makes it hard for our spy photographers to get the changes. Anyways, the prologue concept is the perfect benchmark as the same – or almost same – design cues will feature.
The same goes for the interior, where Lichte made it clear that the interior will feature many additional elements that are more futuristic. Some of the game-changing features already confirmed include several thin-film-transistor displays, swiping functions, and a whopping array of driver-assisting technologies.
Some of the driver-assisting technologies include an adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning.
The 2019 Audi A7 will go head to head with the likes of BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class. The Mercedes-Benz CLS-class is a four door coupe that features a twin-turbo V6 engine capable of generating 329 horsepower, which manages it to achieve a 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 131 mph. the BNMW 6-Series, on the other hand, is a fine choice thanks to its sweeping roofline, muscular stance, well-weighted steering, and balanced chassis.