325kg lighter, new Audi Q7 revealed in Detroit

January 15, 2015

The big news is here – New Audi Q7 has revealed in North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ahead of its showroom debut later this year.

The Audi Q7 is the largest SUV available in Audi’s range, and the new Q7 marks a fresh styling direction for all Audi SUVs and sits on all new company’s MLB2 platform that we will see in next Porsche Cayenne and Bentley SUV later on.

What is new in Audi Q7?

New Audi Q7 rearviewThe new Audi Q7 has received overall improvement in terms of reducing weight, improving fuel economy, new visual design changes, improved interior space and new driver assistance features.

New Q7 looks slimmer and more aggressive than before

Let’s see the design changes here – the main visual striking change features from its predecessor is the – three dimension single-frame grille that adding to the styling plus the body design loses some curves, adding new angles, slimmer LED headlights and larger intakes for an aggressive appearance.

New upmarket, spacious interior

New Audi Q7 InteriorGetting inside, you will find new narrow dash and a large, flat centre console housing the gear lever, infotainment touchpad and couple of cup holders. Audi gone through the cabin tech for the Q7 by offering not one, but two premium sound options including – one from Bose and other from Bang & Olufsen, both featuring 3D.

Dimension wise – the new Q7 is 1.5 inches shorter and 0.6 inch narrower than predecessor plus there is an additional 0.8 inches space between the first and second row of seats. The headroom is also increased by 1.6 inches and 0.9 inches in the first and second rows. So overall the new Q7 size gets bit smaller body and spacious interior and cabin.

The new reengineered body has made use of more aluminium and revised construction methods than ever before, that helps the Q7 to reduce more than 700 pounds, bringing total weight for the Q7 TDI down to 4,398 pounds. The weight loss helps to improve fuel economy of Q7 TDI that will get an average of 41.3mpg now.

Powered by high-tech 3.0 litre V6 engine

At the launch, new Q7 will be available on a turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 268bhp diesel engine producing 255 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque offering 47.8mpg and 153g/km, while takes you 0-62mph in just 6.3 seconds. Plus the new 3 litre V6 petrol engine and plug-in hybrid diesel e-tron drive train will join later on. All the models will get four wheel drive and an eight speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Prices are yet to be announced for new Q7, but we expected to be start from around £45,000 and order book opens in Spring 2015, with first deliveries to be made in summer.