2016 Audi Q7 - Main

The all-new Audi Q7 has finally arrived – almost nine years after the original Q7 was introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to Ingolstadt, the massive SUV has gone through a strict diet regime, resulting in smaller exterior dimensions and losing 325 kg in the process. Combining the latest technology and engine, the Q7 is also substantially more efficient over the previous model.

For the European market, the Q7 will be available with a 3.0-litre TDI V6 with 272 hp and 600 Nm of torque and a 3.0-litre TFSI V6 that is good for 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque, with other engine options like a detuned TDI V6 and TFSI four-cylinder to follow soon. The full-sized SUV will also be available in e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid form, which uses a combination of a 3.0-litre TDI V6 (258 hp) and an electric motor (126 hp) for a combined system output of 373 hp and 700 Nm.

Audi Q7

All variants are equipped with a newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission which offers a free-wheeling function and a new vaporization system that enables the engine to run at low speeds below 1,000 rpm. The transmission also houses the self-locking centre differential that distributes the power between the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio in normal condition. If the wheels of one axle lose grip, the system can quickly transfer as much as 70 percent of the power to the front and a maximum of 85 percent to the rear.

The chassis has been tweaked to ensure agility as well as ride comfort. Instead of the double wishbone axles on the previous model, the Q7 is fitted with five-link suspension on both axles with the option of air suspension system. Apart from that, Audi is also offering a new all-wheel steering system, which turns the rear wheels inward by as much as five degrees depending on the situation. By installing the engine lower, the engineers at Audi have managed to reduce the centre of mass of the large SUV by 50 mm.

Audi Q7

On a surface level, the Q7 is pretty much identical to its predecessor, except for a few tweaks here and there. For instance, the singleframe grille now houses thick horizontal bars while the newly designed headlamps – now with double arrow DRLs – can be had in either xenon, LED or Matrix LED, depending on options. Exterior mirrors are now mounted on the shoulder of the doors. At the rear, customers can opt for taillights with dynamic turn signal.

On the other hand, changes are more prominent in the cabin. There’s a TT-inspired digital instrument cluster and a seven-inch (upgradable to 8.3-inch), free-standing display for the latest version of the MMI infotainment system. The system can be upgraded to MMI navigation plus package that will include a 12.3-inch TFT display. It is powered by a quad-core T30 processor from Audi’s partner NVIDIA.

Audi Q7

Rear passengers are treated to in-car entertainment via one or optionally two 10.1-inch tablets that are powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The tablets can be connected to the infotainment system via WiFi, so rear passengers can access all the functions including the radio, media, navigation and car functions from the rear seat.

In terms of driver assistance systems, the Q7 offers rear parking aid, cruise control, adjustable speed limiter, rest recommendation, multicollision brake assist system, cross-traffic assist, exit warning system and trailer assistant, among others. Buyers can opt for more safety system in optional “Parking”, “City” and “Tour”safety packages.

 



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