Scale model of 2018 Audi A7 Sportback leaks ahead of official model unveiling

Article by Christian A., on October 10, 2017

We are all aware that Audi has plans to reveal the 2018 A7 Sportback soon, specifically towards the end of the year. Though we expected a grand reveal and a full-sized vehicle, we were surprised by something much smaller - that is, a die cast scale model of the Sportback.

What just happened? Well, Autoweek.nl has leaked an image of the A7 Sportback, except it isn’t the real car. Rather, it is a scale model, which makes it much smaller than what all of us expected to see. Of course, this can’t beat the awesomeness of the real model. In earlier spy shots, the A7 and S7 will have a design that mixes together elements from the first-generation car combined with the Prologue series of concept cars.

Though the leaked image just shows a scale model, we could still kind of tell how the A7 Sportback will look. The A7’s face resembles that of the A8, and we already know that based on the spy shots we have seen before. What’s new is the fact that the scale model shows us a more sculpted hood and more body lines. The A7 has a wider single-frame grille, thin headlights backed with an array of LEDs, and more glass on the sides.

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We aren’t quite sure how the tail of the new car will look since there’s no image of the rear. However, spy shots from before have shown the new A7 will have a full width light bar across the back. Since this is only a scale model and does not give us the right to judge the final design, we are actually quite happy with what we see.

Under the hood, the A7 will likely have a turbocharged V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines, and it will likely ride on a version of the MLB Evo platform, like the Audi A8 and the Q7, and the Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga. This new body structure will be made of steel and aluminum, cutting down some of its weight.

When Audi brings the A7 Sportback to dealerships, expect performance variants to follow soon after. As I write, we have already seen an S7 Sportback being tested at the Nurburgring. There’s also the range-topping RS7 that will be developed soon. This will likely be a hybrid with 700 horsepower.

Some of the Audi A7 Sportback’s rivals are the Porsche Panamera, the Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW’s 6-Series Gran Coupe. There is a niche market for these vehicles with their hatchback designs, but for some reason, all these automakers veer from the term “hatchback”. We expect Audi to give the A7 Sportback an official and proper reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

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