First pictures of the Audi A7 Sportback leak out ahead of the car's official launch

The first pictures of the Audi A7 Sportback have leaked onto the internet.

The A7 will be officially launched later today, but four pictures showing both the car’s interior and exterior have appeared on several American websites.

The pictures reveal much of the Audi Sportback concept’s styling has been carried over to the production A7 and its interior owes more to the A8 than the A6, the two models it sits between.

Reports alongside the pictures claim V6 petrol and diesel engines will be available in Europe from launch. It is also claimed the A7 will be available as a four-seater only.

 

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26 July 2010

[quote Vidge 123]Glad to see the design department has been hard at work! its such a refeshing car, totally different to the A5 sportback.................good god Audi PLEASE TRY HARDER!!![/quote]

[quote repeat ad nauseam]wow, look at that, it looks like every other Audi! So for "scoops" of all future Audi just look at their current range[/quote]

Schools broken up then, ladies?

you see, that is how you do a 4-door, 5 metre 'coupe'.

Jag's 'world's best 4 door coupe' XF now looks hopelessly outdated and its sister 4-door, coupe-ified XJ too large and bulbous. If you want a stylish 4 seater-only large saloon, buy an A7 or Merc CLS. If you want a large, capacious limousine, buy an S-class or an A8 or 7-series. If you want a large 4-seater sportscar, buy a Panamera or the coming S7 and CLS AMG. Note how the XF/XJ/Rapide don't figure? Piss-poor product planning on all their parts, which is now horribly exposed.

And before anyone comes on here and says market success says otherwise, the XF is being buried by the E-class and new 5-series worldwide, even in UK, and the XJ is only by heresay a success. For example, nearly half of all Jaguar's 'sales' in the first half of 2010 in Germany were dealer registrations(44%).

26 July 2010

Another pony Audi design.

No doubt they'll sell a few but it's not ground breaking or new by any stretch of the imagination.

FAIL.

26 July 2010

[quote dutchmaestro]

Schools broken up then, ladies?

you see, that is how you do a 4-door, 5 metre 'coupe'.

Jag's 'world's best 4 door coupe' XF now looks hopelessly outdated and its sister 4-door, coupe-ified XJ too large and bulbous. If you want a stylish 4 seater-only large saloon, buy an A7 or Merc CLS. If you want a large, capacious limousine, buy an S-class or an A8 or 7-series. If you want a large 4-seater sportscar, buy a Panamera or the coming S7 and CLS AMG. Note how the XF/XJ/Rapide don't figure? Piss-poor product planning on all their parts, which is now horribly exposed.

And before anyone comes on here and says market success says otherwise, the XF is being buried by the E-class and new 5-series worldwide, even in UK, and the XJ is only by heresay a success. For example, nearly half of all Jaguar's 'sales' in the first half of 2010 in Germany were dealer registrations(44%).

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Um, where do I start?..... What exactly is your problem? Talk about having a rant! You seem to have an irrational dislike for Jaguar and seem very pro German - well in fact you hammer Jag and Aston in one fail swoop.

You refer to how the "XF/XJ/Rapide don't figure?" in any of your "special" (flawed) categories. In fact, re-reading your post and then again and again, it's laughable what you've put!

If you want a large capacious limousine you're saying to buy a teutonic German barge and choose nothing else. Again, laughable! I'd love to know why people should just completely write the new Jag XJ off their lists?!! A car which has had rave reviews from so many critics around the world, yet you are telling us it's a non starter, particularly due to "piss poor product planning". This is a car which has been selected as having one of the best interiors currently on sale period (and that includes versus Audi) and is a great drive and represents everything that's good about the 21st century Jaguar! Oh yes, and god forbid Jaguar has made their XJ look a bit different to the very similar shaped and similar looking and similar styled German alternatives.

Finally, the XF wouldn't sell as well as the E-class or 5 series for obvious reasons. The XF is a fairly new addition to the marketplace, as where the E class and 5 series names have been around for donkeys years now, hence meaning they have a much stronger position in the marketplace. Jaguar have reinvented their image to make them appealing to the masses. When a company does this they are not going to have overnight instant success - it's something which takes a long time to change people's perceptions of and modern design and most importantly, strong marketing are the key to success. For example, how many people still even now think a new Alfa is going to fall apart? More people than you'd care to imagine. Those of us in the know are aware that Alfa's wont fall apart like they used to, they wont rust, and the ex BMW chief turned things around there. Strange coincidence why Fiat is now doing so well too isn't it.

Anyhow, that's off the track a little there. You say that nearly half of Jaguar's sales in Germany so far are dealer registrations. Well yes, they probably would be wouldn't they. Pretty obvious too really. As it's Germany, the obvious German cars have market dominance and a new era Jag is not going to be on people's minds and hence their shopping lists. Hence, they need to market the cars as much as possible and get people to be aware of them. And how do they do that you ask - aside from marketing, they actually need to have some demonstration cars there for people to try. If I were a German living in Germany and normally buy a German car, if I were to look at a Jaguar that I know very little about, I'd want to have a test drive before spending many thousands of pounds. Would you buy a car without even driving one first to check you like it?

Right, I'm done. Apologies for the essay but I am a proud Englishman and very proud of Jaguar in particular when it comes to the UK motor industry, so I will always stick up for them. I also know I am not the only person who gets a bit sick of "German this, German that, German cars are the only thing you want and need".

No pal, think again before posting such comments. And, if you think Audi is the last word in complete ultimate motoring then you really haven't lived!

26 July 2010

Agree 110%. Boring, boring, boring.

26 July 2010

[quote dutchmaestro]Jag's 'world's best 4 door coupe' XF now looks hopelessly outdated and its sister 4-door, coupe-ified XJ too large and bulbous[/quote]

I don't even understand why Jag are so intent on calling it a 4 dr coupe. its a saloon and bloody good one at that. what's wrong with that? i know a coupe isn't necessarily a 2 door but Jag ain't fooling no one.

oh and is it me or does the A7 look like A5 sportback or almost every other Audi currently on sale?

26 July 2010

Looking at the images, I would say it was "alright" bordering on "boring and pretty unimaginative". Hardly groundbraking stuff like Jaguar's doing (the car company with probably the best design imagination of the moment). I am liking the new direction for Mercedes though with their modern take on their fat front grilles.

The A7's side profile looks pretty dire. The front end looks from here like 'just another Audi'.

26 July 2010

[quote dutchmaestro]

Jag's 'world's best 4 door coupe' XF now looks hopelessly outdated and its sister 4-door, coupe-ified XJ too large and bulbous. If you want a stylish 4 seater-only large saloon, buy an A7 or Merc CLS. If you want a large, capacious limousine, buy an S-class or an A8 or 7-series. If you want a large 4-seater sportscar, buy a Panamera or the coming S7 and CLS AMG. Note how the XF/XJ/Rapide don't figure? Piss-poor product planning on all their parts, which is now horribly exposed.

[/quote]this thread isn't about Jaguar, its about Audi, & their design school looks to have taken a holiday! Totally dull design, & BTW i'd have a Jag anyday over this boring box!

26 July 2010

This is a leaked pic? I thought it was a photoshop of the A8 with a line drawn A5 hatchback style on the rear. Don't tell me .... the doors on the A7 are frameless!! Wow, just WOW!

Wake me up when the debate on here ends.

26 July 2010

It's somewhat predictable, but it looks nice - apart from the rear half which not only looks heavy towards the rear end but it's reminiscent of a Skoda Rapide. Not as good looking as the A5 and not a patch on CLS, well until its potentially uglier replacement arrives.

At least we know what the interior of the next-gen A6 will look like.

26 July 2010

Autocar, why exactly was my original post deleted, yes it was a little sarcastic, but the point i was making was still perfectly valid! Please can you let me know the reasoning?

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