Despite the crossover craze, Audi still has a wide selection of sedans available. But in China, they still love the traditional four-door saloon. There are even stretched versions of compact and mid-size sedans available over there. But even the lengthy A7 isn’t long enough for the Chinese market. As a result, the German marque has introduced the new A7L.

Not so Sportback: Audi turns the A7 into a long wheelbase sedan image

The large sedan you see here is the 2021 A7L. Audi ditched the model’s iconic Sportback body for a more traditional design. The extensive redesign did open up more rear legroom to keep customers happy. The increase in legroom is thanks to the vehicle’s longer wheelbase. The distance between the axles grew by 98mm, now measuring 3,026mm. It is also longer overall now at 5,076mm. Despite the stretch, it’s still no A8 in size.

Not so Sportback: Audi turns the A7 into a long wheelbase sedan image

From the front, it’s nearly impossible to tell the two apart. However, the moment you see the roofline, it becomes a lot easier to distinguish the two. Apart from the sedan-style body and roofline, even the rear end is identical.

Not so Sportback: Audi turns the A7 into a long wheelbase sedan image

Since the A7L is effectively just a stretched version of the A7, the interior design remains mostly unchanged, so it is still very upscale. The cabin of the A7L is a carryover from the Sportback. Changes at the back include extra legroom and a little more headroom due to the sedan shape.

Not so Sportback: Audi turns the A7 into a long wheelbase sedan image

No powertrain details were revealed, but Audi did say the A7L will have adaptive air suspension, rear-wheel steering, and the permanent Quattro four-wheel drive to name a few. It’s very likely to share the same engine and drivetrain options as the standard A7 Sportback model.

Not so Sportback: Audi turns the A7 into a long wheelbase sedan image

As with most stretched versions of sedans offered in China, the A7L will be exclusive to the region. For those living outside of China and who want a sedan version of the A7 with more rear legroom, there’s always the A8.