Audi has revealed the all-new Audi A7 Sportback, expected to arrive in Ireland in 2018. The new Audi A7 Sportback “offers the design of a Coupé, the spaciousness of a saloon and the flexibility of an Avant” according to its makers.

The four door coupé has a new interior design with horizontal lines and a sleek instrument panel. A 10.1-inch upper display is tilted toward the driver and almost disappears into the dashboard when switched off. The display’s user interface appears as soon as the car is opened.

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.

There will be a choice of four and six cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel. The 3.0TDI 231HP is expected to be the most popular variant. All engines used in the Audi A7 Sportback will come as standard with a new mild hybrid system (MHEV) for greater comfort and efficiency.

Audi A7 Sportback
The interior of the 2018 Audi A7 Sportback

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.

Like the all-new Audi A8, the Audi A7 has also 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.

The all-new Audi A7 Sportback will launch on the Irish market in late February 2018.

Caroline Kidd

Audi A7 Sportback
The Audi A7 Sportback will arrive in Ireland in February 2018