Large portion of Audi’s lineup is getting new hybrid e-tron models during recent months, but A7 has gone even further. 2016 Audi A7 Sportback H-tron Quattro is world’s first fuel-cell hydrogen hybrid combo which showcases Audi’s staunch commitment for becoming the greenest luxury car manufacturer in the world. Large hatchback was first presented in LA during 2014, but only as a concept.
It is still questionable whether the car will actually appear with intended powertrain or make a switch to more conventional means? Main reason for the shift might be undeveloped hydrogen station infrastructure.
The Engine range & Specs
Concept’s powertrain consists of an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and couple of electric motors, one upon each axle. Both motors are of the same size and kick out 114 kW which ultimately translates to some 153 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. This, at least is the hybrid part of the car. 2016 Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro also features the hydrogen part which is made out of 300-cell unit which does more than a good job. It allows the A7 to travel more than 300 miles without a refill.
However, as mentioned earlier – there are currently very few spots where you can actually refill your hydrogen hybrid and this represents the biggest disadvantage (probably the only real one) of owning such a car.
Design – Inside and Outside look
2016 Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro has a generic design for the advanced manner in which it’s being presented. It’s not outdated,mind you – just pretty much the same as conventional internal combustion engine models. There are a few decals, however, which will serve as difference indicators. Otherwise, sportback features four doors, sloped down rear roofline and integrated trunk lid. Add to that Audi’s standard features like trapezoidal grille, sharp headlamps and sleek lines all over, and you’ll get yourself an A7 h-tron.
Interior doesn’t differ that much as well. Everything is in its place as sportback hybrid features next-level interior arrangements with much more contemporary cues. Dashboard, middle tunnel and whole cabin for that matter, are now sharper. However, refinement has remained the same and A7 offers only leather upholstery and at least metallic accents. Touch screen display is now free of its dashboard frames and floats above it in seamless fashion. Being a compact, 2016 Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro’s final feature list has not yet been revealed, but it probably won’t differ much from that of conventional models.
This goes for safety equipment as well. Every single Audi prides itself on respectable safety ratings and this hydrogen-powered fuel-cell hybrid is no different. Apart from mandatory pieces of equipment, 2016 Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro offers parking sensors, rearview camera, blind-spot information system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control among others.
2016 Audi A7 Sportback H-tron Price
We have already mentioned that the car will be able to travel up to 310 miles without a refill. These are hydrogen-only figures, and h-tron will be able to add 31 additional all-electric miles that come out of lithium-ion battery pack. Official EPA figures, however, aren’t disclosed yet, but being a fuel-cell car, A7 Sportback will certainly manage to offer very high numbers indeed. Its price tag is also a mystery at this point.
First and foremost, 2016 Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro has to enter production, but when it does, expect it to be more expensive than conventional models. It will likely warrant a starting sticker of at least $80,000, probably more.
2016 Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro proudly wears the “First Fuel-Cell Hybrid Electric Car” moniker. Even though it might miss out actual mass production, it certainly shows the intent on Audi’s part. It shows the intent on switching to greener technologies from the ground-up.