The 2019 Audi A7 has a very exciting headlight assembly. You can see it above, and it’s the kind of thing that makes people like me — people who are obsessed with little details about cars — very, very excited. That’s because it combines two mundane items (a reflector and a daytime running light) and it makes them incredibly cool.
Take a look at the headlight cluster, and you can see exactly what I’m talking about. Here in the U.S., government regulations say that all vehicles must have an orange side reflector in the front, and a red side reflector in the back. Some automakers just tack on boring, rectangular reflectors, but not Audi. The orange reflector has a cool shape, integrated neatly into the daytime running light design.
And so let’s talk about the daytime running lights. Daytime running lights are required by the Canadian government in all new vehicles, and I believe that regulation is responsible for these lights becoming so widespread throughout all of North America. Audi installs them in all new models — and while some manufacturers just slap an ugly halogen headlight somewhere in their headlight assembly, Audi goes a step further: the daytime running light is actually broken up by the front reflector, with little stripes of daytime running light perched inside the reflector.
The result is this cool look that combines reflector and daytime running light into one piece that actually looks neat — a special treat for something that would otherwise be a boring regulatory requirement. It’s a neat idea — and I always love when automakers go the extra step to turn something mundane into something a little more interesting and exciting.