Ingolstadt, Germany - Audi is set to pull the covers off its second-generation A7 Sportback this coming Thursday, October 19, but that’s about as much as the carmaker is willing to part with for now.

Well, that and the darkened teaser image that you see here, and which doesn’t tell us very much, besides the fact that it’ll have a smooth fastback profile similar to today’s car.

Thankfully, the design has also allegedly been leaked in the form of a front-side shot of a scale model:

Here we see a continuation of the latest A8’s styling language, with a sportier variation of its wide hexagonal grille, while the rear end design is likely to follow its bigger brother in sporting joined taillights.

It remains to be seen whether the A7 will inherit the A8’s ‘Audi AI’ traffic jam pilot that allows the car to drive itself at speeds of up to 60km/h on freeways, or its camera-based suspension with individual adjustment on each wheel.

We would certainly bet on the A7 receiving Audi’s new 48-volt ‘mild hybrid’ electrical system and the A8’s range new of V6 and V8 engines, including the 250kW 3.0 TFSI and 338kW 4.0 TFSI as well as the 210kW 3.0 TDI and 320kW 4.0 TDI.

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