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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 25th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 25, 2010 AUDI A7 A7 Sportback challenges Porsche IN PASSING HERE IN 2011: The Audi A7, competitor to the Porsche Panamera and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. AUDI's challenger to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera has gone on sale in Europe and will reach Australia in the second quarter of 2011 priced from $150,000. More importantly, the new A7 Sportback has the essentials of the new generation A6 sedan and wagon, which will be revealed at March's Geneva Motor Show. Visually, the striking the four-seat A7 is at 4.9m by 1.9m (and only 1.4m high) a longer and wider version of the A5 Sportback. It was built on a lengthier version of the MDS platform of the A5 Coupe and underpins in various configurations the A4, A8 and Q5 ranges. While Audi Australia negotiates price and specification, two engines are certain for delivery; the 3.0 TDI V6 turbo diesel and the 3.0 TSFI with the supercharged V6 petrol unit from the S4/S5. An entry 2.8 naturally aspirated V6 petrol, as found in the outgoing A6, will be considered and would lower the starting price. All Australia-bound models will have quattro all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring and a 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission. Audi spokeswoman Nadine Giusti says the front-wheel-drive multitronic version on offer in Europe is not on the Aussie shopping list at this stage. All engines feature thermal management, a start-stop system and energy recovery. A Bose sound system is standard, as is Valcona leather and either woodgrain or aluminium finish. So too, is MMI navigation with touchpad and 8-inch display, convenience key, a three-spoke steering wheel with shifting paddles and four-zone air conditioning. Options include Quattro sport differential at about $3000, sports air suspension --- an extra $2200 in the new A8 sedan --- side assist, adaptive cruise control, Bang and Olufsen sound system and an S-line sport package with lowered suspension, 19-inch alloys, sports seats and bespoke trim. The brand's first self-reverse parking function is also on the options list. Audi's first heads-up display is a possible standard option, but it's online services, including a sat-nav function that integrates with Google Maps, is unlikely here. Significantly, in terms of A7 relevance to the sedan and wagon, the A6 project manager Burkhard Wiegand attended the launch in Sardinia. Both ranges are integral to Audi's plan to have 40 distinct variants on sale by 2015. ''If you have children and want to drive a coupe more elegant than a hatchback, the A7 is perfect,'' Wiegand says. Wiegand is, however, forthcoming on continued criticism of Audi steering. Despite employing a revised system that is linear and accurate, the A7 continues the trend of most Audis in lacking feel, something of a drawback in a brand that so readily proclaims its sportiness. ''The weighting depends on the speed,'' he says. ''You can choose the mode with Drive Select. Our sense is the customer wants this,'' Wiegand says. At least the A7 promises a dynamic fill-up for the forthcoming A6, which cannot come fast enough for Audi. As a rival for BMW and Mercedes- Benz, the oldest current Audi is a non-starter selling only 354 units in the year to August, while 120 5 Series and 172 E-Classes sold in that month alone. PAUL POTTINGER RANGER 4X4 XL CREW CAB PICK-UP $32,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours 3.0L Turbo Diesel engine Dual front airbags Up to 3000kg towing capacity^ MP3/iPod connectivity~ 5 speed manual ESCAPE $27,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours Fuel econ. 9.8L /100km* Automatic transmission Cruise control 6 disc CD player On-demand 4WD †Limited offers available on new vehicles at Tilford. Private and ABN buyers only. Tilford and Ford Australia reserve the right to change or extend these offers. *Figures obtained from controlled tests using ADR81/02. Actual fuel consumption will depend on many factors including driving habits, prevailing conditions and your vehicle's equipment, condition and use. ~iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc. ^When tted with a Genuine Ford heavy duty towpack and load levelling kit. Manual models only. Subject to State and Territory regulations. DTA0432_HM TERRITORY TX RWD $35,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours Dynamic Stability Control Dual front and side curtain airbags Cruise control TO A BRAND NEW FORD TILFORD PTY LTD 6234 0200
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