The stylish Audi A7 gets a little more so for 2015 with a new, facelifted model for the European market. Although we don’t have confirmation that these changes will make their way to the U.S., we would expect a similar refresh treatment when the 2015 Audi A7 reaches our shores.
The changes are most noticeable up front, where the 2015 A7 has a revised front fascia for a slightly more aggressive look. The headlights are thinner and wider than before, and now come with LED lighting as standard or Audi’s Matrix LED headlight system as an option. Flanking these more advanced lights is a slightly squatter front grille that takes on the same hexagonal shape as many other Audi models. Along the sides, the A7’s sleek sportback shape doesn’t change much, maintaining the same flowing lines as the current A7, to which we awarded our 2012 Automobile of the Year trophy. LED taillights with so-called “dynamic turn signals” are new out back, and a few new interior materials and colors round out the changes.
Since Audi has not yet released information about the U.S.-spec 2015 Audi A7, we think it’s a sure bet that our A7 will be getting a facelift as well. The Audi A7 first debuted in the U.S. as a 2012 model, so right about now would be the expected time for a mid-cycle refresh. American regulations will likely preclude Audi offering its clever head- and taillights on the A7 here, but otherwise most of the tweaks should carry over.
In Europe, a few of the A7’s available powertrains are also changed for 2015, including the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 that we have in the U.S. as the A7 TDI model. This powertrain specifically is revised to comply with new Euro 6 emissions standards, yet its power output still climbs to 272 hp compared to the existing engine’s 240 hp. The A7’s other engine option in the U.S., the 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V-6, should remain unchanged for 2015. The Audi S7 and RS7 performance variants, which are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in two different states of tune, also receive the new front fascias for 2015.
Stay tuned for more news about what this facelift means for the U.S.-spec 2015 Audi A7, which should be revealed sometime later this year.