2014 is a busy year for Audi , with the Germans releasing many of facelifts and updates to existing models. The first refreshed to lose its wraps is the A7 , a car we’ve been keeping our eyes on since last November, when we brought the first spy shots depicting the sleek four-door sedan .
As expected, changes are bland, with only a few details changing the Audi’s exterior appearance. The interior has benefited from even less attention, with only a few new colors and inlays added. There is, however, an updated infotainment system with a new, faster processor.
The engine compartment is a bit more interesting. In here, Audi added a dozen more ponies compared to the 2014 model. There will be three diesels units and the two gasoline engines available, but not all of them will make it to the United States.
Updated 07/02/2014: Audi today announced prices for the 2015 A7 which is now on sale. Compared to the 2014 model year, the new year brings a $1,400 price increase, so that for 2015 prices will range from $65,900 to $72,150.
What else is new on the 2015 Audi A7? Just click past the jump to find out more.
January 21, 2014 - Audi A7 Begins Winter testing
November, 25 2013 - First testing session
The front grille is more sharp around the edges, while the headlamps have been reshaped and fitted with a new LED pattern
Not much has changed exterior-wise compared with the pre-facelift model , but there are a few new details that make the A7 look a tad fresh. The front grille is more sharp around the edges and has eight horizontal bars instead of seven, while the headlamps have been reshaped and fitted with a new LED pattern. Speaking of LED, this lighting is now standard, with the Matrix LEDs available as an at-cost alternative.
Around back, the five-door coupe gained a taillight update, a slightly changed bumper and a new pair of trapezoid-shaped tailpipes that Audi integrated into the diffuser.
Updated grille and LED-exclusive headlamps
2015 Audi A7 - Exterior Dimensions
|Overall length||195.6 in.|
|Overall width with mirrors||84.2 in.|
|Overall height||55.9 in.|
|Track (front/rear)||64.7/64.4 in.|
The cabin of the facelifted A7 boast little modifications
Apart from from the updated infotainment system that supposed to be quicker than its predecessor, the cabin of the facelifted A7 has few changes. The big news comes from the color department, with Audi offering five colors choices for the seats and new materials such as Valcona leather and aluminum or Beaufort walnut inlays. Additionally, the standard MMI radio operating system can be had with an optional heads-up display that projects information onto the windshield.
All the engine available in the A7 starting with the 2015 model year have received power updates
All the engines available in the A7 starting with the 2015 model year have received power updates. The base 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel has gained an extra 14 ponies for a new output of 218 horsepower. Moving over to the brawnier diesel units, the uprated Clean Diesel comes with 272 horsepower, while the bi-turbo mill sends 320 horsepower to the wheels.
As far as the supercharged, 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine, Audi has increased it from 310 to 333 horsepower. Audi has yet to release the torque figures, but I expect the the improvements to mimic the horsepower ratings. Transmission choices comprise a seven-speed S Tronic and an eight-speed Tiptronic. All models except the base 218-horsepower diesel fitted with quattro all-wheel-drive can be ordered with the optional sport differential.
|V6 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel||272 HP|
|V6 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel||218 HP|
|3.0 TDI bi-turbo||320 HP|
|A7 3.0T quattro Tiptronic||$65,900||$69,750|
|A7 TDI quattro Tiptronic||$68,300||$72,150|
The U.S. market 6 Series Gran Coupe comes in two different version - 640i and 650i, with or without xDrive. The 640i is uses a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers a 315 horsepower at 5,800 to 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 330 pound-feet between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. A 4.4-liter, V-8 engine that generates 445 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 480 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm motivates the 650i.
Audi packed both with convenience and safety features, including onboard navigation with traffic alerts, voice command, Bluetooth, and a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system. As far as fuel efficiency goes, the 640i returns 30 mpg on the highway, while the 650i’s mileage drops to 25 mpg. The former retails from $77,900, while the latter wears an $89,200 sticker.
Gallery BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Unlike the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the Mercedes-Benz offer the CLS with only one engine. This standard powerplant is a biturbo, 4.6-liter, V-8 mill that churns out 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The CLS550 needs only 5.1 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, making it quicker than the base A7, but slower than the 6 Series Gran Coupe.
If money is no object, Mercedes-Benz is also offering a beefed-up AMG version that delivers up to 577 ponies when selected in the S trim. The CLS550 has a starting price set at $72,100, placing it right between its main competitors, with the BMW sitting on top.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz CLS
We weren’t expecting for the A7 to receive a mind-blowing update and it appears we were right on the spot. Apart from the beefed-up engines, nothing is too surprising, although the redesigned headlamps and taillights and the upgraded infotainment system are likely to keep Audi dealerships busy once the car hits U.S. shores. Of course, the vehicle’s unusual yet attractive design is difficult to ignore, but its competitors are equally appealing.
- Power upgrades across the entire engine lineup
- Looks a bit crisper with revised exterior features and tech
- Quattro needs no further introduction
- Luxury is no object
- Changes aren’t spectacular
- Tough competition
- The Mercedes CLS is quite a looker
Gallery Audi A7
Audi has spared no effort in revising the A7 Sportback*. The spacious five-door coupe is now even more powerful and attractive – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. The new A7 Sportback combines the emotional appeal and sportiness of a coupe with the comfort of a sedan and the functional benefits of an Avant.
* The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
Back when the A7 Sportback first debuted in 2010, Audi was already setting new standards in automotive design, embracing an athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style. Its long engine hood, sporty, flowing C‑pillars and the sharply dropping rear end create a dynamic overall impression. The revised version of the five-door model, measuring 4.97 meters (16.3 ft) in length, now has additional striking, sporty features.
The most striking changes are to the Singleframe grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.
The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback consists primarily of aluminum and high‑tech steel grades. It is extraordinarily lightweight and designed for maximum comfort in terms of noise. The cargo space under the long, electrically driven trunk lid has a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft). When the rear seat backs are folded down it grows to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft).
The sporty style of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior. The dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. The dashboard gives an impression of lightness and elegance. The new interior materials, including the aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, are impressive for their finish. The color palette has been redesigned, offering five color options even for the seats.
The new Audi A7 Sportback is confident and relaxed to drive. The front seats can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions, and there are four seat versions to choose from. The MMI radio operating system comes standard; it can be supplemented as an option with a head‑up display that projects all important information onto the windshield.
Power and efficiency: two TFSI and three TDI engines
To start out, Audi is offering the new A7 Sportback with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines: two gasoline and three diesel units. Their power rating ranges from 160 kW (218 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp), and all of them comply with the Euro 6 emission standard. Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 200 kW (272 hp) have been newly developed. In the “ultra” version with 160 kW (218 hp) and front-wheel drive, the three-liter V6 uses an average of just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50.0 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometer (196.3 g/mi). The top‑of‑the‑range engine, the 4.0 TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 331 kW (450 hp) of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.
The 3.0 TDI biturbo clean diesel, which delivers 235 kW (320 hp), works with an eight‑speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations have a seven‑speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front‑wheel drive, the dual‑clutch transmission has been fully redeveloped, replacing the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.
The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with high comfort. The new Audi A7 Sportback features wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches. Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sport suspension versions and adaptive air suspension; on the S7 Sportback, the air suspension has a firmer setup.
The new Audi A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. The top system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, utilizes the latest generation of the modular infotainment system; its highlight is a powerful graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. Touchpad control lets the driver scroll and zoom in lists and maps.
The perfect supplement to MMI Navigation plus is Audi connect, which links the five‑door coupe with the Internet via the LTE high‑speed data transmission standard. The Audi phone box connects the driver’s cell phone to the car antenna for improved reception. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
The assistance systems – including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the further improved night vision assistant and the Audi pre sense safety system – are also state of the art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist work closely together to make lane changes even safer.
The new Audi A7 Sportback will begin arriving at dealerships in late summer 2014. Its base price in Germany will be €51,300. The Audi S7 Sportback is available starting at €82,300.