The 2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI e PHEV slots into the A7 lineup because the gasoline environment friendly detour between the usual, 48-volt mild-hybrid A7 and the amped-up S7. The Ingolstadt automaker usually gives Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims, however the PHEV skips the entry-level Premium step. The new sedan begins at $74,900 earlier than a $995 vacation spot cost, for a complete of $75,895, just $550 greater than the mild-hybrid A7 55 TFSI Premium Plus with out that lower-case “e” on the finish. The small hole is due partially to a $750 value enhance on the mild-hybrid A7 Premium Plus, from $74,595 to $75,345.
The A7 55 TFSI e Prestige prices $81,245, a $1,900 surcharge over the mild-hybrid A7. That sizable unfold is brought on by the worth of the mild-hybrid A7 Prestige dropping by $1,350, from $79,700 to $78,350. Audi figures all A7 PHEV fashions may claw again as a lot as $6,712 in federal tax credit. As a consequence, you may truly get an A7 PHEV Premium Plus for lower than a mild-hybrid A7 Premium, after the federal tax credit score.
On a facet word about value bumps elsewhere within the lineup, the MSRP of the mild-hybrid A7 in base Premium guise goes up subsequent 12 months by $200 to $70,195. Graduating to the S7 Premium Plus will price $85,395 in 2021, $500 greater than the 2020 model, whereas the S7 Prestige climbs $800 to $91,295.
Back to the plug-in hybrid, its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is bolstered by an electrical motor tucked between the engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The electrical motor is fueled by a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack beneath the rear load ground. Output involves 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which is 27 horses greater than the mild-hybrid A7, and an equal quantity of torque. The A7 PHEV takes 0.5 seconds longer than the mild-hybrid to succeed in 60 miles per hour, reeling off the sprint in 5.7 seconds as an alternative of 5.2.
In return for extra leisurely acceleration, the third PHEV within the Audi U.S. lineup gives three driving modes, together with one providing pure electrical motoring. And as an added bonus, it qualifies for HOV-lane entry in some states. We haven’t got an electrical vary quantity for the A7 PHEV but; Audi says it would launch EV vary and last gasoline economic system figures nearer to the automobile’s on-sale date within the fall. The A7 makes use of a number of strategies to maximise battery and gasoline effectivity akin to setting EV mode because the default on startup, utilizing a warmth pump with the local weather management system, and tying the powertrain into the navigation system to optimize electrical energy use whereas driving in Hybrid mode. Drivers additionally get visible and haptic suggestions from the the MMI and accelerator to encourage environment friendly driving.
Outside, Premium Plus robotically clothes up the PHEV in S line garb together with revised entrance and rear fascias, illuminated tread plates, LED headlights and a suspension lowered 20 millimeters. The Premium Plus additionally will get quite a few alternative Audi know-how as normal akin to Audi’s digital cockpit, a 360-degree overhead-view digital camera system, four-zone local weather management, and Audi’s Integrated Toll Module. The Executive Package provides ventilated entrance seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise management, and Audi lively lane help with emergency help to the Premium Plus. The Prestige will increase the haul of ordinary tools with options from the Executive Package in addition to a heads-up show, energy soft-closing doorways, and dual-pane acoustic glass. The cherry on the highest trim is the Luxury Package with prolonged leather-based, and particular person entrance contour seats in Valcona and Milano leather-based with massaging capabilities.