What is it? Audi calls the A7 a five-door coupe, but at a glance it looks like many a modern sedan with a low-sloping rear roof. It’s the liftgate trunk lid that makes all the difference, comprising the so-called fifth door and providing the versatility of a hatchback. The A7 is built on a new platform that it will share with the next-generation A6, and it aims to compete in the same rarefied air as the BMW 5 Series and GT Mercedes-Benz CLS. The engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 310-hp and the transmission is an eight-speed, as in the A8.
The interior makes a high-end statement, with matte-finish wood, brushed chrome accents and soft, tightly-stitched leather. The rear seats hold just two adults. The seats themselves are roomy but toe space is a little tight and head room is rather sparse for six-footers. Some controls may be a challenge to learn for the uninitiated. As normally configured, the A7 is expected to be priced in the mid $60s.
What’s new or different? A large navigation screen deploys from the dash, sliding out like a tray then flipping up in a balletic movement. A touchpad next to the center console gear selector lets you enter navigation instructions by, among other things, tracing out letters with your fingers. A new heads-up display projects information onto the windshield. A night-vision system is also available. Rear passengers get a dual-zone climate adjustment.
When will it be available: Now