Audi has rolled out the first redesign of the A7 Sportback, featuring a progressive design and a new, confusing nomenclature.
You know, alphanumeric names for car models may make it easier for manufacturers, but it’s not exactly an exciting solution, or discernable one, for that matter. We used to get great car names like Viper, Spitfire, and Stratos. And now? It’s all about the letters and numbers. For the past two decades or so, Audi’s stuck to two-digit combinations to designate each car in their range: A4, Q7, R8, and so on. It makes some sense after you get used to it, but Audi’s made that tightrope a bit more wobbly by throwing some new numbers into the mix. So what is the 2019 Audi A7 55 TFSI? Turns out the numbers are meant to represent power figures, sort of. Are you more confused yet?
Well, don’t worry. We Americans won’t have to deal with the numbers craziness on our new version of the company’s sub-A8 sportback. The 2019 Audi A7 is all-new, and instead of the two-number badge on the back, they’re sticking to engine size, as they’ve done in the past.
The 2019 Audi A7 is all about crisp lines, more space
If you’re not an Audi enthusiast, you may find it difficult to tell the 2019 Audi A7 from its predecessor. The new model largely follows the old one’s form. However, the company’s sharpened up the front and rear fascia. They’re following a new design language introduced with their prologue study that originally made its debut with the new A8. Audi’s also improved the head room and leg room over the previous generation.
Styling Evolution, Technology Revolution
The most radical change in the 2019 Audi A7 over the previous model is the matrix LED lighting. While the rest of the exterior styling could be considered more evolutionary, the technology is another story. The new A7 sports a revolutionary MMI touch response system that eliminates most of the buttons you found in the old model. Instead, buyers of the 2019 A7 will get two high-resolution, haptic feedback displays to control the infotainment functions.
No official power output, pricing yet
Unfortunately, while we had the chance to look around the 2019 Audi A7, the company hasn’t made official power figures public just yet. This particular A7 has a turbocharged V6, unlike the supercharged unit in the first-generation model. In European spec, the A7 55 TFSI has around 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.
Pricing isn’t available either, but we should know more later this year, when the A7 will go on sale.