• Feb 4th 2010 at 7:28PM
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Audi A7 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been over a year since the Audi Sportback concept debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and based on these spy shots, it won't be much longer until the production version debuts – we're guessing that it could show up as early as next month's Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed A7, this four-door sedan sports a coupe-like profile and will slot between the A6 and A8 in Audi's lineup. Think of it as a more stylish alternative to the A8 like the Volkswagen CC is to the Passat. Whether or not the market can bear the weight of yet another schizophrenic sedan remains to be seen, as they can already choose between the segment's creator, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and cars like the Jaguar XF and aforementioned Volkswagen CC.

Engine options should run the typical Audi gamut, at least in Europe. They'll likely start with V6 and V8 offerings like the A8 above it, and there will surely be a TDI application or two, if not some manner of hybrid eventually. For the States, however, we can probably expect an eight-cylinder only approach. Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system will of course be included, and we can only surmise it will look stunning when finally takes to the stage.

As to pricing, Audi USA head Johan de Nysschen has already told us that the A7 will slot in "a little bit below" the A8 in terms of pricing, so we're ballparking an average price of around $80k.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      From the camouflage, it looks almost exactly like a re-badged VW CC. It's sad that this is what Audi has chosen to do... introduce a car that don't fit into any successful market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen the concept pictures. Notice I said "from the camo..."

        In any case, I think it's already in discussion whether this car has a future or not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? You obviously haven't seen the actual pictures have you...

        THE CAR IS FANTASTIC and looks far better in quality or substance than the Merc CLS or any CC Coupe. It's been driving and reviewed by a few mags already. Why the heck Audi is still running camo is beyond me, although I have seen spy pics that show a hidden wing that pops up at high speed...

      • 5 Years Ago
      This will get axed in 2 years or less. I'm surprised this one made it off the drawing board to be honest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Soon Audi is going to have more variants of the A series car than there are Rocky movies.

      ...and no, this is not a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget the S series too. There will be as many S as there are Rambo movies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should kill that A5 Sportback thing for this, having two of the same thing is not good at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        but.... but THIS ONE'S BIGGER!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the sportback model was a 5 door? In which case, it's nothing like the CLS, VF or CC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, it's not -- it just shares the shape of a hatchback. In some ways it's more like the new BMW 5er-GT without the Pontiac Aztek influence. In other words, I believe it has a trunk just like the other 4 door coupes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I take that back. I went to the Audi AG website. It's hatch! lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I take back that comment. It IS a hatch! My bad! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      No reason they couldn't offer this car with the 3.0T and 3.0TDI in the US. After all, BMW is selling a 6 cylinder 7 series here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From the looks of it it seem to have more in common with the 5 Series GT than I would have liked...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope we can get the swirly pattern paint job and the autoblog.com hanging side skirt lettering as part of the Incognito trim package.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks giant, but good. Seems like it will cannibalize A8 sales, but curious to see how different it is to the A6.

      Can't imagine the cabriolet though; that should be VERY interesting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just my monitor or does the car appear to be tall and narrow...kind of like the current generation Volvo S80. It's too hard to tell with the camo on the car but I don't see much of a "coupe" shape a la Mercedes CLS. It looks like it could be another A8.

      I don't have a problem with all of the variations. It really isn't diluting anything. The A5 Sportback is essentially a sporty A4 with a hatch; its dimensions falling somewhere between the A4 and A5 coupe. And, the A7 will undoubtedly be a slightly smaller, swoopier looking version of the A8. Would you be happier if they simplified the whole process by calling them variations of the same car?

      A4 sedan = A4 2.0T
      A4 wagon = A4 Avant
      A4 hatchback = A5 Sportback
      A4 convertible = A5 Cabrio
      A4 3.0T = S4
      A4 Big 'Ole Engine = RS4
      A4 coupe = A5
      A4 coupe 3.2 = S5
      Blah, blah, blah...you get the idea.

      Who cares what they call it. The real question is, "Does the buying public want it!?" I think the A5 Sportback looks pretty good. I'll wait and see on the A7. If they offer an S5 Sportback in the States, I'll definitely consider it over a regular S4.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is bad...very, very bad.

      Why is Audi diluting its brand? It's even worse than BMW with its misleading nomenclature; at least you can easily tell the difference between their cars. With Audi, their profiles, sizes, and shapes are so similar that most people probably won't notice the difference without the car's number/series embossed on the tail end. It might work when you have a few models that are very different; it helps to unify the design language and the Audi family as a whole, but overdo it and it's just another ploy to earn money on minimum R&D. By all means, this is acceptable as every company's goal is to make profit, but this...this just feels like a cheap shot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW called. They want their camouflage back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes please, it does belong better on a BMW. Not sure why Audi lowered their standards with that stuff...
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