Ingolstadt’s design honcho Marc Lichte recently had a talk with L’argus, a French online publication concerning Audi’s new premium models. Surprisingly, this brief conversation leads up to reveal not just a few details but also the official sketches of their new lineup. What you’re seeing right now are the designs of the A6 Sedan, A7 Sportback and the all-new Audi A8. Well, there’s no better way to compare each new model than having them side by side, is there?
While flipping through these drawings ourselves, we thought they all seem to look the same. Except maybe for the new A7--- which bears the sportiest design of the three new sedans. But as we gazed more closely at every detail, we determined how each one is very different from the other. That’s when we noticed how Audi’s new single-frame grille comes with different characteristics.
Since the A6 sedan has relatively smaller configuration, its bumper grille also has a design of its own. Comparatively, the creases along the hood provide the A7 with a sportier look while it seems rather more aggressive on the A8’s fuller body.
There are chrome trims on each model as well that complement their distinctive styling cues. For instance, the A8 sedan gets more chrome than the A7 and the A6. It also has curved chrome pieces along the tip of the bumper that sort of intertwine.
As anticipated, the Sportback has the least amount of chrome details to make room for darker color motif--- or merely to make it more aggressive. The slightly smaller sedan on the other hand comes with an L-shaped chrome on the bumper. Only, it doesn’t have the interlocking design along the central fin like one we found on the full-sized sedan.
Considering all three are actually using the same design language, the chief designer affirms that each will have a very unique quality as well. This is to show the distinction between the A8, A7 or A6 even at first glance.
As we move along, we also noticed some varying arrangements for the new headlights. The Audi A8’s headlights are placed closer to the grille while a moderately noticeable distance between the grille’s edges and the headlights are seen on both the A7 and the A6 sedans. Every model also has its own specific LED daytime running light interpretation based on the drawing.
According to L’argus, it seems like Audi is looking to introduce the all-new A8 this summer. That means we can catch it at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show for its official premiere. The A6 and the A7 Sportback meanwhile will be launched sometime in 2018.