The new 2015 Audi A7 Sportback is a continuation of the contemporary catch-all Audi first revealed back in 2010. The A7 Sportback is part luxury sedan, part sports car, part family car — thanks to its namesake fifth door that increases interior space and storage. The changes that arrive in the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback are subtle, suggesting that Audi subscribes to the “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy of product development. I’m glad they did, and the changes they did opt to execute make for a more aggressive, more stylish Sportback for the next Audi driver.
The 2015 Audi A7 Sportback maintains much of the body styling seen in the prior model, but offers a few key upgrades in the 2015. The engine, transmission and infotainment system are all new, and the already-sexy body shows of its “blue steel” squint with newly designed headlights (and taillights too). Matrix LEDs make those squinting headlights even stronger and more efficient than those that came before, a goal which Audi shows is now the standard for cars of this class.
Under the hood, the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback is available in a nice range of power options — five total, with two gasoline engines and three diesel engines to choose from. At full bore, these engines will produce anywhere between 218hp and 333hp, with the sister trim Audi S7 Sportback bringing 450hp from its 4.0 TFSI gasoline engine. I’m most excited about the diesel alternative, as my love of diesel luxury cars has been pretty well established here on TheCoolist. In the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback, the 3.0L diesel option can net up to a stunning 50mpg highway. Here’s Audi:
“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).”
Delivery and pricing for the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback has yet to be announced for the US market. However, the Euro-to-Dollar translation of the German offering suggests a starting price just shy of $70k. If you opt to splurge for the top-trim Audi S7 Sportback, that could run you about $110k. The official details on US pricing and availability will come soon, but don’t be surprised if these prices match up accurately.