The redesigned 2019 Audi A7 — which Audi calls a "five-door coupe," but, c'mon, really? — will come with an upgraded powertrain, suspension and in-car technology along with a corresponding price increase. However, the return of the base-level Premium trim gives it a lower starting price than the outgoing 2018 model: $68,995, including a $995 destination charge. That's $1,680 below the current lowest-trim 2018 model, a Premium Plus, at $70,675, including a $975 destination charge.
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A 2019 Premium Plus model will start at $73,395 — $2,720 more than a 2018. Premium Plus models add a 10.1-inch upper multimedia display instead of the Premium's 8.8-inch version. While a front collision prevention system is standard on all models, Premium Plus models add rear collision prevention, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and even a system that can detect and try to prevent incidents when opening a door. HD Matrix LED headlights replace the Premium's regular LEDs.
Prestige models will start at $77,295 including destination, an increase of $3,920. In addition to the safety features added to Premium Plus models, Prestige models can be equipped with an optional 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo instead of the standard 16-speaker B&O system. HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi's new laser light technology are standard. All trim levels have standard LED daytime running lights.
Other upgrades to the A7 for 2019 include an all-new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 replacing the previously supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The turbo engine loses 5 horsepower at a rating of 335 hp, but it makes 369 pounds-feet of torque, an increase of 44 pounds-feet. All engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi claims the new engine will hustle the A7 from zero-to-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
Additional safety features are available as part of a driver assistance package. Also available at extra cost is Audi's trick Virtual Cockpit system. Premium Plus and Prestige models can add a sport suspension that lowers the car nearly eight-tenths of an inch.
Direct competition for the A7 is sparse. BMW's, uh ... less attractive 6 Series Gran Turismo is similarly priced, starting at $71,295. It also comes with standard all-wheel drive, and BMW claims it's a whole tenth of a second quicker to 60 mph than the A7. Those looking for other alternatives will have to enter the world of luxury sedans and "four-door coupes" and their corresponding reductions in cargo space without a comparable reduction in price.
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