WITH LED lighting, 4G internet connectivity, Bang & Olufsen audio and massaging treatments, it would be easy to think Audi is branching out into the world of chichi hotels. But these are just some of the features in the facelifted Audi A7 range, which will go on sale from September.
The luxury model, which combines the practicality of a saloon and hatchback with the swooping curves of a coupé, has been substantially revised. The nose of the car gets a new look and incorporates LED headlamps as well as LED daytime running lights. Audi claims these offer the advantage of being able to reduce the intensity of individual diodes, such as when facing oncoming traffic at night, so that the road ahead can be clearly visible but approaching drivers won’t be dazzled.
A more efficient model is to be introduced, featuring a 3-litre TDI engine that Audi calls “ultra”. The 268bhp engine is claimed to achieve 60.1mpg and emit a CO2 output of just 122g/km, both impressive figures for such a large car.
Inside the revised A7 there are new materials and four types of front seat for buyers to choose from, including chairs with a massaging and cooling function. A head-up display can be added to complement Audi’s latest generation MMI infotainment system.
Pricing for UK models won’t be announced until closer to the car’s on-sale date, but the current range spans £41,470 for a 3-litre TDI, to £62,330 for the 4-litre TFSI S7 version. There is no word on whether the RS7 model will continue.
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