If you were underwhelmed by the conservative style of Audi’s A8 limousine, don’t fret — there is a solution in the unashamedly design-focused, second -generation A7 which is due in SA in the last quarter of 2018. The premium German car maker pulled the covers off its full-sized liftback in its home town of Ingolstadt, backing up its promises that it would continue to carve out a unique niche in the field of luxury cars. Due to be publicly shown for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month, the A7 continues as a five-door lift-back, but adds new A8-sourced features like all-wheel steering and a radical new interior. It will join the A8 as the first production cars to graduate to 48V mild-hybrid electrical systems to propel the steel-aluminium composite bodyshells. The first generation of the A7 stood largely alone, with its five-door format keeping it aloof from even Mercedes-Benz’s overtly design-oriented CLS. Since then, BMW has pushed its ugly duckling 5 Series Gran ...

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