Audi has released some official details on its latest large SUV – the second-generation Q7.
The overall design of the new Q7 has remained fairly close to that of its predecessor, though it has been nipped and tucked to give it a sportier appearance. The new Q7 is also an impressive 325kg lighter than the previous model. According to Audi, the SUV now sets the benchmark in its class when it comes to weight.
The proportions of the Q7 have changed compared with the previous model. The big SUV is 37 millimeters shorter and 15 millimeters narrower while virtually the same height. Inside, however, there is an additional 21 millimeters between the first and second rows of seats, and head room has increased by 41 millimeters and 23 millimeters in the first and second rows, respectively.
The design of the new Q7 is masculine and determined. Horizontal lines extend above the wheels. These blisters are a subtle homage to the classic quattro models from Audi. The exterior mirrors are mounted on the shoulders of the doors; blades run from the front to the rear doors and bear embossed quattro logos. The rear hatch wraps around the massive, steeply raked D-pillars, a typical feature of the Q models from Audi.
The Singleframe grille is deeply sculpted and features thick crossbars. It is integrated organically into the front end. Its broad frame extends to the headlights, which feature either xenon, LED or Matrix LED technology, depending on the option chosen by the customer. The daytime running lights of the LED headlights are shaped like a double arrow. The taillights of the top model include dynamic turn signals – another Audi innovation.
When it comes to engines, there is a 3.0 TDI with 200 kW and a 3.0 TFSI with 245 kW that accelerate the new Audi Q7 from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds (TFSI) and 6.3 seconds (TDI), respectively. The diesel V6 consumes on average just 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, corresponding to 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer (239.8 g/mi).
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro, which will be launched a short time after the other models, is the first plug-in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. It impresses with 275 kW of system output and a system torque of 700 Nm, and is also the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro all-wheel drive in the premium SUV segment. It consumes just 1.7 liters per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to less than 50 grams CO2 per kilometer. A full battery charge is sufficient for a distance of 56 kilometers.