A lone photo depicting what appears to be an Audi A7 Sportback has surfaced, hinting at a possible debut of the A7 here in Malaysia.
However, based on the vehicle’s elaborate camouflage, we reckon its unlikely to be done by Audi Malaysia. Furthermore, we noticed two cutouts on the rear bumper, which likely houses sensors for autonomous driving. This particular mule also lacks any trade plates.
So what you’re seeing here is likely Audi AG conducting further trials for its piloted driving in more challenging driving conditions, like those found in our region.
To recap, Audi introduced the all-new A7 Sportback back in October 2017, powered by a 3.0-litre V6 TFSi engine that outputs 340 hp and 500 Nm, enabling a 5.3 second 0-100 km/h time. Also standard on the all-new Audi A7 is a new Mild Hybrid System (MHEV) that utilizes a 48 volt primary electrical system.
The MHEV system works together with a belt alternator starter (BAS) that's hooked up to a lithium-ion battery, providing the A7 Sportback with a recuperation performance of up to 12 kW when braking. Additionally, when the Audi A7 Sportback is cruising between 55 and 160 km/h, the car can coast in a freewheeling mode with the engine shut down and reactivated via the BAS.