Audi unveils an A7 Sportback with a conventional trunk, the A7 L
The sporty sedan in a more traditional format
While SUVs have largely taken hold in China as in the rest of the world, traditional long-wheelbase sedans are still very popular in the Middle Kingdom. Owners prefer to spend their time in the back of the car and let their personal driver drive them around.
As a result, manufacturers are developing models specifically for China to meet the needs of a very particular market. The latest example comes from Audi. Although this is not the first time the brand has done this, the new model has some rather unusual modifications.
Based on the A7 Sportback, the new A7 L abandons its receding roofline in favor of a more conventional-looking sedan body. The transformation also involved the removal of the A7 Sportback's characteristic hatchback for a conventional trunk. The wheelbase is very generous, increasing to 3.03m while the length is 5.08m.
The front end is identical to the A7 Sportback, as is the interior, which remains the same, except for the logically greater legroom in the rear. Under the bonnet, the A7 L will offer two petrol engines, a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder with 252 PS and a 3.0 TFSI V6 with 340 PS.