New 2018 Audi A7

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Shape of next Audi A7 seen in spy shots – it’s set to be lighter and more efficient than ever when it arrives in 2018

This is our first look at the new Audi A7, with our spy photographers catching the sleek saloon out testing in heavy camouflage. There’s not much to go on yet with this disguised car, but it’s clear that the new look will incorporate subtle changes rather than a complete new look.

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The most obvious change is the new grille, which will be matched to some new headlights to make the A7 look more like the latest cars in the line up such as the TT or new A5. The roofline is similar to the previous model, but a new set of taillights will help mark out the rear end. Expect the interior to be overhauled too, with Audi‘s Virtual Cockpit system making an appearance.

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While the engine range is expected to consist of large V6 and V8 engines, using both petrol and diesel, this model doesn’t appear to have any exhaust pipes – that’s either an unusual design choice for Audi, or an indication that an electric or plug-in hybrid version is on the cards.

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The new A7 will use the MLB Evo platform, which is shared with the Audi Q7 SUV. The platform is designed to save weight, so expect some improvements over the previous car in terms of efficiency, handling and performance. For comparison, the previous 215bhp 3.0-litre TDI Ultra model returned 58.9mpg and 124g/km of CO2.

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