The Audi A7 is on its way. Car Magazine has managed to get their hands on the first set of details. The A7 is based on the next-gen Audi A6 and is a competitor for models like the Mercedes CLS. The 2010 model will only be offered with four seats – a fifth is not offered as an option – and share the steel-reinforced aluminium platform with the A6.
Ahead of its 2010 debut the Brits also stated that the design is posher and sleeker than the future A6. The interior and exterior design will be close to the Sportback concept that was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit auto show (see pictures).
Audi will offer a range of gasoline and diesel engines for the four-door coupé. The 2010 Audi A7 will be available with 2.8-liter V6 FSI, a 3.0 V6, a 4.2 V8 and two diesels – 2.7 V6 and 3.0 V6. They are mated to manual, automatic or dual-clutch gearboxes.
The Audi A7 will arrive first, with the new A6 saloon to follow in early 2011. The four-door coupé is expected to be released in the summer with a suprise unveiling at the Moscow show. A hybrid version will follow in 2011. An S7 model is also in the pen, maybe even a RS7. Audi targets sales of 40,000 A7s per year.