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2019 Audi A7 is tech lover's fastback fantasy

While red tape means we can't have all the high-tech toys just yet, Audi's A7 still has gobs of tech, and plenty of wow factor.

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After a long but graceful first act, the second-generation for Audi's A7 arrives this fall.

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Similar in form, but very different in detail, the 2019 Audi A7 has a much crisper and more aggressive appearance.

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It may not look all-new, but it is, from its platform to its new hybridized powertrain and next-gen infotainment.

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The A7's trademark design feature remains its sloping fastback, which makes for both high fashion and substantial cargo-carrying utility at the expense of some rear-seat headroom.

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The new A7's nose is notably more pugnacious than before, with a more sharply defined hexagonal grille.

Note the lidar laser-radar sensor boxes mounted within.

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The new A7 features a low-slung dashboard, but it's totally different than before, largely because it contains MMI Touch Response and the two haptic-feedback touchscreens required to run it.

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The A7's engine is a 3.0-liter V6 as before, only this time, the new engine is turbocharged instead of supercharged, plus it is hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of a conventional eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

There's also the not-insignificant matter of the new powertrain's 48v mild hybrid assist.

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Fuel economy ratings have not yet been released for the new A7, but given that it's lost a little bit of weight and has new a mild hybrid system, it's probably fair to assume it will best the outgoing model's 20 miles per gallon city, 29 highway and 23 combined.

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Likewise, pricing has not yet been released, but we hear whispers that the new model won't be much more expensive than today's car. That suggests a starting price of around $70,000 to $75,000.

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While US customers won't yet get Audi's amazing active laser-high-beam Matrix LED headlamps, we will still get powerful LED units that feature sweeping turn signals and start-up and shut-down theatrics.

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Yep, it's an A7 alright.

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Spot the hidden camera.

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Yep, that's a lidar sensor.

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Keep clicking or scrolling for more images of the 2019 Audi A7.

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As before, the A7 features active aerodynamics, with a small wing that deploys at speed.

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Here's a closer look.

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US models aren't expected to get this sort of numeric badging, though a standalone TFSI badge isn't out of the question.

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Fingerprints are a way of life with this new system.

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