The China-only model promises to be the most luxurious A7 ever.
Audi has been doing its best to steal the limelight at Auto Shanghai 2021 with the reveal of the stunning A6 e-tron Concept, a gorgeous design study that we're hopeful will make production unchanged, much like the e-tron GT before it. But although concept cars are exciting to look at, it's the realistic reveals that will make the biggest impact in the short term. China is a very important market for Audi and other premium automakers, and this market often gets unique long-wheelbase variants of cars that the rest of the world is also offered. The latest is a lengthened version of the Audi A7, and it will be made in the very market that it's intended for.
We've known for some time that this vehicle was coming, having first heard about it in the middle of last year before seeing a camouflaged version of the car out testing. Now Audi has revealed the car in full - or at least its body - and says that it will feature "a powerful internal combustion engine" and has been "completely redesigned".
The vehicle will be made in Shanghai and will boast "innovative technologies such as adaptive air suspension, rear-wheel steering, and the permanent quattro four-wheel-drive."
This is one of the cars being released in collaboration with SAIC, one of Audi's partners in the region.
Alongside this new luxury limousine is another SAIC Audi debutant, but this is being kept under wraps until later in the year. It will be an SUV study, indicating that it will be something very clearly styled as a concept. It will also be all-electric, as pretty much all concepts are these days, and its production version will be revealed as a 4.87-meter-long SUV in the second half of this year. As this Chinese partnership grows, we will likely see more cars built specifically for the Asian market, but many will be offered in the rest of the world too. We look forward to seeing what's next.