Audi has unveiled a number of new vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show. The A7L is one of these surprise reveals last week.
It’s a common occurrence nowadays to see luxury manufacturers create long-wheelbase versions of their models exclusively for China. It’s an already huge market that continues to grow. So it only makes sense that companies like Audi are going the extra mile to cater to that particular audience.
Aimed For Chinese Markets
Luxury vehicles like Audis are often purchased by wealthier members of society, and many of these folks prefer to be driven around by a chauffeur. A roomy second row is a common characteristic of luxury limos. The new A7L joins the lineup of long-wheelbase Audis, which includes the A3, A4, A6, Q2, and Q5. An updated Q5L was also unveiled in Shanghai last week.
No More Hatchback
The decision to depart from the fastback design is understandable. Unlike ordinary sedans, where the cabin can simply be extended without heavily modifying the structure and the vehicle’s visual proportions, the A7’s Sportback look could not be easily modified for a longer rear passenger area. Additionally, the sedan layout provides for significantly more headroom at the rear as well.
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