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Prices announced for updated Audi A7 Sportback

The new range, which is set to start first customer deliveries in late 2014, brings design changes including the use of new headlights and a revised single frame grille, which adopts the latest hexagonal design, as well as revised bumpers and tailpipes. Inside, there’s new upholstery choices and colour options.

However for fleets, the most noteworthy change is the addition of the new 215bhp 3.0 TDI ultra diesel, capable of returning up to 60.1mpg with CO2 output from 122g/km, which joins the range as part of a revised euro 6-compliant engine line-up.

The 215bhp V6 TDI engine is also available in the new range in conjunction with quattro permanent all-wheel-drive and seven-speed S tronic transmission and shares this configuration with the 268bhp single-turbo V6 TDI. There’s also a 315bhp twin turbo BiTDI with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic.

Petrol engines comprise the supercharged six-cylinder petrol unit in the RS7, which delivers 328bhp and is linked to the seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive. Meanwhile the S7 Sportback gains the 4.0 TFSI quattro with power up by 30bhp to 444bhp and features the eight-speed tiptronic.

The standard adaptive air suspension set-up in the S7 Sportback features S specific tuning, while RS 7 Sportback models feature RS adaptive air suspension, but can be equipped at extra cost with conventionally sprung RS sports suspension plus the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) damping system. Both versions also feature the sport differential as standard.

All versions of the new A7 Sportback are available with four-mode adaptive air suspension, and quattro versions can also be equipped with the sport differential.

The new range also sees simplified specification levels from SE Executive to S line and Black Edition.

The SE Executive specification, which replaces the Standard and SE options in the outgoing range, brings higher levels of kit, including all-weather LED headlights, 19-inch alloys, sweeping rear indicators and four-zone automatic air conditioning. It also includes heated and leather-upholstered seats with electric adjustment, MMI navigation, Audi Music Interface, front and rear acoustic parking sensors and a powered tailgate.

The mid-range S line trim gain 20-inch alloy wheels (up from 19 inches) and LED headlights. Drivers also now gain the option to replace the S line’s sports suspension with standard suspension at no extra cost if required and also opt for the 19-inch alloys.

Black Edition, S7 Sportback and RS 7 Sportback models also gain styling and equipment enhancements.

Prices start at £45,875 for the 3.0 TDI ultra in SE Executive trim and rise to £84,480 for the RS 7 with 4.0 TFSI Quattro.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.