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2017 Audi A7 to be wider and lower; RS7 to pack 575 hp

Preliminary details are starting to emerge concerning the all-new 2017 Audi A7 codenamed “C8”. Last month we heard the new mid-size Sportback model from Ingolstadt will lose its distinctive rear end and now Automobile Magazine is telling us the design will be a blend of subtle elegance and extroverted sportiness. It will apparently be wider and sit lower than the current model while up front it’s getting a new interpretation of the company’s singleframe grille flanked by LED headlights.

The body is believed to feature active aerodynamic parts and will boast subtly integrated fender blisters. It won’t be as imposing as the all-new A8 flagship, but Audi apparently wants to make the A7a better product closer to the company’s range-topping model but without the added price that comes with that.

As far as the interior cabin is concerned, the 2017 Audi A7 will apparently make the switch from the traditional MMI knob and buttons to a touchscreen-based infotainment system which has become the norm in the automotive industry in just about all segments of the market. Interestingly, the report goes on to specify the steering wheel will host an in-dash video monitor which together will form a unit and will be adjustable in both reach and tilt.

Just like the second generation Audi Q7 and the new TT, a fully digital and customizable instrument cluster will be available on the new A7 Sportback and there’s also going to be a head-up display as well as a night vision system.

In terms of engines, expect an upgraded version of the inline-four 2.0-liter turbo which will also spawn a hotter configuration with electrically-driven turbochargers bumping output to 326 hp. The S7 will allegedly be powered by an uprated V6 3.0-liter turbo pushing out 500 hp and there’s also going to be a V6 diesel with e-turbo rated at 350 hp.

The crown jewel RS7 will be motivated by a V8 4.0-liter and should produce a massive 575 hp. On the greener side, Audi is cooking up two plug-in hybrids, one with a turbo-four and another with a V6, with both engines running on gasoline.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.