Audi A7 Sportback revealed

Audi has unveiled its latest model to assault the premium market – the A7 Sportback.

The car gets the rakish, fastback profile already seen on the A5 Sportback, and, as the name suggests, slots in between the A6 and A8.

Like the smaller Sportback, the A7 is intended to offer the practicality of a hatchback boot with the comfort and spaciousness of a large saloon's interior. It will be direct competitor to the Mercedes CLS.

The model sits on an all-new platform and comes with a choice of four V6 engines; two petrol and two diesels.

The naturally-aspirated 201bhp 2.8-litre FSI lump is the entry-level petrol, with the 295bhp 3.0-litre TFSI sitting above it.

The oil burners are two versions of the same 3.0-litre TDI unit, producing 201bhp and 241bhp respectively. Predictably, the lower-powered diesel engine will be the most economical, with 53mpg and 139g/km of CO2 emissions on the cards.

Two-wheel drive versions of the A7 will make do with a conventional CVT automatic, but the Quattro models will all be mated to Audi's seven-speed S Tronic twin-clutch transmission.

The model will be available in two trim levels – SE and S line – in the UK with standard equipment to include xenon headlamps with LED tail lamps, powered tailgate operation, leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment and heating, cruise and parking controls, satellite navigation, the Audi Music Interface (AMI), DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

There will also be the option of a head-up display (a first for Audi) showing economy data, speed and navigation routing. Park assist and a night vision assistant will also be on the optional kit list.

The A7 Sportback is due to arrive in the UK in early 2011 and will be priced from £42,925.

And here's how they unveiled the A7 in Germany:

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