New Audi A6 replacement spotted: big estate car gets a new name

June 18, 2024 by

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This is the new Audi A6 Avant, sort of. It’ll actually be called the A7 Avant, and it’s one of the last petrol-engined cars Audi will make.

  • New Audi A7 Avant spotted testing
  • Replacement for the current A6
  • Similar styling to the current car
  • Current range of petrol engines expected to remain
  • RS7 could use a plug-in hybrid V8
  • Full reveal expected at the end of the year

A replacement for the Audi A6 Avant has been spotted out and about during development testing, and this Mercedes E-Class alternative looks like it’ll get a more modern design than the current car.

It also won’t be called the A6 anymore, that name is reserved for a new electric estate car coming later this year. Audi’s new petrol-powered wagon will be called the A7 Avant instead.

New Audi A7 Avant design

Audi doesn’t tend to go in for massive styling overhauls, and you can tell the new A7 Avant will be an evolution of the current A6 despite the heavy camouflage on this pre-production prototype.

New Audi A7 Avant front

It does have a much, much wider grille than the A6 though, making it look more imposing on the road. The headlights also haven’t adopted the split design you’ll find on Audi’s new EVs such as the Q6 e-tron and the A6 e-tron.

New Audi A7 Avant side

The side profile is very similar to the A6’s though, with a sloping roofline making it look more sporty than something like a Mercedes E-Class Estate. The flush-fitting door handles are new though, and they look like they’re lifted from the Q6 e-tron.

New Audi A7 Avant rear

Looking at the rear end, the taillights look a bit like the ones you’ll find on the Audi RS e-tron GT – they have the same arrow shape as that car’s – and there’s a full-width light bar hiding under the wrap. This car is the sporty S7, something which is given away by the quad tailpipe setup.

New Audi A7 Avant engines

Audi has committed to being an EV-only brand by 2033, so it’s unlikely to be working on any all-new combustion engines for the A7 Avant. This means you can expect to see a similar range of 2.0-litre petrol and plug-in hybrid units to the current A6.

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A new RS7 is also in the pipeline, and it’s expected to retain the twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the RS6. It could borrow plug-in hybrid tech from the Porsche Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid to make as much as 680hp and 930Nm of torque, a 50hp increase over the current RS6.

New Audi A7 Avant: when can I buy one?

This year is a busy one for Audi, with the launch of the new Q6 e-tron just passed and the electric A6 e-tron coming imminently. You can expect to see the new A7 Avant make its debut towards the end of the year, with the RS7 appearing in 2025.

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