The next-generation Audi A8 (D5) and A7 have been spotted together in South Africa by Autogespot, where we get to see the new taillight designs on both cars for the very first time.

Unlike the latest A4 (B9), both cars will get a continuous taillight design, where the clusters are connected by a light bar between them (like on the prologue concept). This cue wasn’t seen in previous spyshots of the A8, and our first look at the A7 wasn’t a very detailed one considering the grainy photos.

Thankfully, these photos provide us with a better look at the A7’s fastback rear, where the tail is raised higher compared to the current model (4G), resulting in a slightly flatter rear window. The more upright look is accompanied by pop-up rear spoiler, based on our previous shots.

As for the A8, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot new in terms of it styling when compared to previous prototype sightings. Aside from the now-revealed taillights, the radical overhaul which includes larger rear quarter windows and C-pillars that are sloped more gradually, continue to be visible here.

Underpinning both four-door models will be the MLB Evo platform, which is also employed on the current Q7. Expect weight savings and the fitment of electrified powertrains to be among the benefits of the new architecture.

GALLERY: Next-gen Audi A8 (D5)

GALLERY: Next-gen Audi A7