Audi presented the new Q7 that will debut in the Detroit auto show. The second generation of the Q7 is the last model of the German company that has the current design language, with an evolutionary design with more pronounced lines compared to the model it replaces.
The car is the first of the VW Group based on the MLB Evo platform. It weighs 325 kilos less than the previous generation and its construction will be done in the factory of Audi in Bratislava, Slovakia, along with the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Bentley SUV and Lamborghini Urus. Its length is 5.05 meters, the width is 1.97 meters, it has a height of 1.74 meters and a wheelbase of 2.99 meters. Although it is smaller (by 37 mm) and narrower (by 15 mm) than its predecessor, the new Q7 offers more space to its passengers.
Audi says that the body of the Q7 has saved 71 kilos due to the use of aluminum and other light materials, with 24 kilos to be saved from the entirely aluminum doors, fenders, hood and trunk. It can be equipped with xenon, LED and Matrix LED lights, and a third row of seats is available, with the boot space to start from 295 liters and to go up to 770 liters in the seven-seat version, while the five-seat version has a luggage space that starts from 890 liters and goes up to 2,075 liters.
The interior features a 12.3 inch digital instrument panel panel, similar to that of the new TT and Passat, a pop-up screen in the center of the dashboard with the MMI system with LTE connection to the internet, as well as metal, wooden and aluminum decorations, plush mats and leather. Among the systems equipping the Q7 we find the active cruise control with congestion assistant. Audi says the Q7 has superior sound insulation, with the model having an aerodynamic coefficient of 0,32 Cd.
The front seats can be equipped with up to 18 settings and massage function, with the Bose and Bang & Olufsen sound system to have 3D technology, accompanied by 23 performance loudspeakers of 1.920 Watt. For the rear passengers Audi has put its own tablet that features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The tablet connects with the MMI via WiFi and can access the radio, the multimedia files, the navigation system and some functions of the Q7. The tablet has a screen of 10.1 inches, a capacity of 32 GB, a HD camera, Bluetooth and NFC system.
The standard equippment of the Q7 features parking assistant, cruise control, variable speed limiter, the Audi pre sense city safety system and much more. In the additional there are the cross-traffic assist, exit warning system, trailer assistant, ACC stop & go including traffic jam assistant.
The weight amounts to 1,995 kilos in the version with the 3.0 TDI engine, and 1,970 kilos in the version with the 3.0 TFSI, with Audi promising reduced consumption by 28% in the versions with the TFSI engines and by 23% in the versions with TDI engines.
The entry-level engine is the 3.0 TDI with 272 hp, followed by the 3.0 TFSI with 333 hp. With the first, the new Q7 has an average consumption of 5.7 liters/100 km and 149 g/km emissions of CO2, making the 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds having a top speed of 234 km/h (6.1 sec. with the 3.0 TFSI and 250 km/h top speed). The 3.0 TFSI consumes 7.7 liters/100 km, emitting 179 g/km of CO2. Later a 3 liter V6 TDI with 218 hp and 500 Nm of torque will be available.
The Q7 e-tron quattro is the first plug-in with Audi’s diesel engine. It combines the 3.0 liter TDI with 258 hp and an electric motor of 94 kW (128 hp) powered by a battery of 17.3 kWh, making the car deliver in total 373 hp with 700 Nm torque. The power goes on all wheels having an average fuel consumption of just 1.7 liters/100 km and less than 50 g/km CO2 emissions. The car has an autonomy of 56 kilometers solely on the electric motor. The 0-100 km/h comes in six seconds, with a top speed of 225 km/h.
The engines are combined with the new 8-speed automatic tiptronic gearbox that sends the power to all wheel. The mechanical center differential system is equipped with torque vectoring and the distance from the ground is reduced by 50 mm (at 253 mm) compared to the first generation. The front and rear suspension consist of five links, replacing the double wishbone of the first generation of the Q7. The model will start its first deliveries in Germany in the summer of 2015 at a starting price of €61,000.