The Audi A7 is a luxury four-seat hatchback with a beautiful sloped profile. It's useful, too: the hatch opens up a huge and useful cargo space.

While the A7 shares drivetrain components and equipment with the A6 sedan, the A7 has been offered in a pair of high-performance versions, the S7 and RS 7

The A7 competes with other style-conscious offerings like the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and BMW 8-Series

The second-generation Audi A7 features updated tech inside and under the hood, while it retains its beautiful shape. Audi made only minor changes to the A7 through 2022.

The 2022 Audi A7 arrived in showrooms in late 2018 with reworked styling and a heaping dose of new technology.

It's the second generation for the fastback (a hatchback, technically speaking), and it precedes the arrival of a new A6 sedan that shares its mechanicals by a few months.Audi A7

Audi design chief Marc Lichte and his team penned the new shape, but derive most of it from the 2012 model.Audi A7

The chiseled new looks extend to the cabin, where digital displays dominate and hard buttons have taken a back seat.Audi A7

The new A7 sheds Audi's old infotainment roller-knob system for one that relies on voice commands and wide touchscreens–a 10.1-inch panel

that displays maps and other functions, and a secondary 8.6-inch screen that displays climate functions, drive modes, and accepts handwritten inputs.Audi A7

Optionally, a 12.3-inch reconfigurable display swaps in where gauges would otherwise fit. That driver-focused screen delivers a host of information

While the rear hatch and its sloped backlight make the A7 prettier than a conventional sedan, they also add versatility and practicality.

The rear seats can fold to afford more cargo space, and the large opening and extra space make loading bulky items easy.Audi A7

For power, Audi will rely initially on a single engine, but a range of engines are likely for the new A7.

At launch, all U.S.-market cars feature a single-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with 340 horsepower. Equipped with a 48-volt mild-hybrid systemAudi A7

Future S7 models will likely sport a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6, while a V-8-powered RS 7 may make a return.Audi A7

The latest A7 is built on the Volkswagen Group's MLB II-Evo platform, which it shares with other new models including the Q7 and Q5 SUVs.