What is it? Based on the concept show car that appeared at the 2009 Detroit auto show, the familiar-looking Audi A7 Sportback debuts as a production vehicle. The styling is coupe-like and sporty, but with the cargo flexibility of a hatchbacka packaging concept that has not worked so well on models like the Acura ZDX, BMW X6, and Honda Crosstour.
The A7 Sportback offers a choice of four V6 engines: two gasoline and two turbodiesel. All will have direct fuel injection and a range of 204 to 300 hp. The base A7 will be configured with front-wheel drive with a standard automatic CVT transmission. A dual-clutch transmission with Quattro all-wheel-drive will also be available.
Inside, there is also a new heads-up display that projects information onto the windshield. Other notable features include four music options including a DVD changer, a digital radio tuner, and a TV module. The top-tier sound system from Bang & Olufsen has 1,300 watts of power and 15 speakers. The Sportback can also be connected to the Web. Audi has added some optional functionality to the MMI radio interface with touch pad controls where the driver can write the letters of an address or phone numbers with their fingers. We look forward to seeing if this helps, or adds a distraction.
Standard features include a start-stop button, Xenon headlights, LED tail lights, MMI radio with the 6.5-inch monitor, electronic parking brake, power rear hatch, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
When will it be available? Spring 2011.