2017 Audi A7 Release Date, Specs and Review

With its all-around performance, beautiful design, and upscale interior, the new 2017 Audi A7 is certainly a desirable luxury car for anyone shopping in the mid-size luxury segment. Its strong selling points include cosseting and quiet interior with top-notch technology, strong acceleration, a handy hatchback trunk, and impressive fuel-economy ratings. Its release date should be expected early next year.

New features added on the 2017 model’s cart include a more capable infotainment system, a revised 3.0T engine that now provides an extra 23 hp, a standard power-adjustable steering wheel, USB and 4G mobile Wi-Fi connectivity, and standard LED headlights.

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Admittedly, the 2015 Audi A7 review we wrote was quite glowing and some of our ardent readers may find it difficult to see how the 2017 A7 may offer anything better. Audi has surprised us yet again with sleek add-ons it has invested on the new A7. It is now more appealing than ever, with its sharper trapezoidal grille and exhaust outlets, reshaped LED headlights, a new rear fascia, and tweaked headlights.
Interior wise, the MMI system comes with a faster processing speed over the existing model’s. Also, the USB audio connectivity has been replaced by Audi’s propriety iPod cable. The changes have also seen an improvement in the 3.0L V6 engine output figures.

Other alternatives available in the segment include 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, 2017 Porsche Panamera, and 2017 BMW 6 Series. Although no vehicle is a no-brainer in this prominent league, the better styled 2017 Audi A7 might prove difficult to resist its alluring amenities and technologies.

Audi A7 – Available Trims

Just like its 2017 Audi A6 sibling, the A7 is offered in only two trims: 3.0T Premium Plus and Prestige. However, the 2017 Audi RS 7 and 2017 Audi S7 are reviewed separately.

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2017 Audi A7 Exterior Redesign & Interior Review

Standard equipment available on the Premium Plus trim includes automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, adjustable settings for acceleration, steering, and transmission, LED running lights, and adaptive rear spoiler, Audi Drive Select, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, a blind-spot monitoring system, a power tailgate, Audi Pre Sense Basic, and auto-dimming power-folding heated mirrors.

Interior wise, you’ll find a rearview camera, satellite and USB connectivity, improved navigation system, an 8” touchscreen display, a power adjustable steering wheel, eight-way heated power seats, a 10-speaker sound system, Google search functions, smartphone app integration, Wi-Fi connectivity, driver memory settings, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

The Prestige trim adds a heads-up display, LED ambient lighting, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, and ventilated front seats.

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Most options come bundled into packages. The Cold Weather package, for instance, comes bundled with rear heated seats, and steering heated wheel. The S Line Sport package adds a firmer suspension system, special 19” wheels, a sport-themed outside styling flourishes, and the Black Optic package add-on that bundles window surrounds, high-gloss black trim, and 20” wheels. The Driver Assistance package includes a forward collision warning system, lane-keeping assist, a corner-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beam beams.

Available for the Prestige trim are two packages: Audi Selection package and the Individual Contour Seating package. Both feature extended leather trim, distinctive walnut inlays, memory and massage functions, 14-way power front seats, and upgraded leather upholstery.

2017 Audi A7 Engine Specs

A choice of two engines is available for the 2017 A7. You can either opt for the 3.0L supercharged V6 engine or the turbocharged 3.0L TDI engine. The gasoline-powered 3L V6 engine generates 333 horsepower and 326 pounds of torque, while the TDI produces 240 hp and 428 lbs. of torque.

During our own test drive, an A7 3.0T dashed to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, and 5.8 seconds for the A7 TDI version.

The A7 3.0T fuel economy ratings are estimated at 20/30/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, which represent an impressive 23 mpg power bump over the existing model. The TDI engine’s EPA ratings stand at exceptional 25/38/30 mpg.

In addition, each A7 is provided with the Audi’s Drive Select feature that changes the steering effort, transmission shift characteristics, and throttle response through four different modes: Auto, Comfort, Individual and Dynamic.

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Price & 2017 Audi A7 Sportback Release Date

Expect the base 2017 Audi A7 Premium Plus Quattro to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $68,390, and up to 73,950USD for the top-of-the-range 3.0T TDI Prestige Quattro. As for its release date, expect it sometime early next year.
The vehicle can also be leased at Audi dealerships spread across the U.S.

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