Audi Announces 2021 Audi A7 Plug-in Hybrid Prices and Specs

Liz Kim | Jul 08, 2020

Audi has introduced a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and it’s called the 2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI e. Quite a mouthful, that. We’ll call it what you’ll call it: the 2021 Audi A7 plug-in hybrid.

2021 Audi A7 Plug-in Hybrid Red Action Front View

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The plug-in hybrid version of the A7 is priced starting at $74,900 for the standard Premium Plus trim level, which is $550 more than the gas-only version. The A7 plug-in hybrid Prestige costs $80,250, which is $1,900 more than the gas-only A7. Destination charges run an extra $995, but you can also count on a federal tax credit of up to $6,712, as well as various state and local incentives depending on where you live.

Translated, this pricing, in combination with the tax credit, means that the A7 PHEV actually represents a discount, and an even greater value, over the gas-only model. Plus, the A7 PHEV includes the S-line design treatment, 4-zone climate control, and 20-inch aluminum wheels none of which is standard on the gas-only A7 Premium Plus. Additionally, you can option the A7 PHEV Premium Plus with an Executive Package. It includes ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and active lane assistance.

Getting the Prestige trim level adds all the contents of the Executive Package, plus a head-up display, dual-pane acoustic glass for a quieter cabin, and power soft-closing doors. A Luxury Package adds even more premium materials and massaging front seats. Other upgrades for both Premium Plus and Prestige include a sport suspension, a Black Optic Package, and additional wheel choices.

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The new 2021 Audi A7 PHEV is more than just a better deal than the gas-only version. It’s more powerful as well, boasting total output of 362 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s delivered to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the automaker says this electrified A7 should reach 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds. 

The gas-only version, which uses a 48-volt mild hybrid system to improve fuel economy, makes 335 horsepower from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, but this lighter version of the car accelerates faster, getting to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. 

Power for the A7 plug-in comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor juiced by a lithium-ion battery pack. In many cases, the car decides which mode is optimal for efficient driving by using information from the navigation system, like local speed limits, the type of road, and traffic information.

The A7 PHEV starts out in electric mode when you’re starting the car and driving up to a certain speed, automatically determines when to engage the battery hold mode for electric use later on a given route, and coaches the driver about ways to optimize fuel economy. Other cool technological factoids include near-silent operation in electric mode and a heat pump that collects heat generated from the battery and uses it to heat the cabin in the winter.

Alas, we don’t yet know final estimated driving range on electricity, or fuel economy when used as a gas-electric hybrid. Audi says that final numbers will be released closer to the car’s fall 2020 on-sale date. 

The 2021 Audi A7 55 TSFI e is the automaker’s third PHEV, joining the Q5 compact SUV and A8 full-size sedan. Audi says that by 2025, a third of its entire lineup will be electrified.

The information in this article is from Audi. It was accurate on July 8, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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