After 9 long years since the first generation model debuted in 2005, the Audi Q7 finally receives a second generation. It will make its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show next-month but as usual, photos of the car have leaked onto the internet, allowing us a first look at the family SUV. Following the leaked images, the company has officially released the pictures of 2016 Audi Q7 along with complete details.
The 2016 Q7 comes with a sporty design theme and doesn’t look bulky like the current model. The front grill features 7 horizontally placed slats, while the headlamps now connect to the grill’s outer lining. The new Matrix LED headlights will be optional fare, the new Q7 will come with all LED headlamps as standard.
The side profile features beefed up wheel arches and silver cladding between the doors. At the rear, the new Q7 features redesigned LED tail lamps, reflectors in the rear bumper to cut the bulk and dual tail pipes. The bulk loss isn’t on the surface alone. Reports suggest that it’s based on Volkswagen’s latest modular platform that shares duty with the next-gen Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg.
Audi has completely changed the interior of the Q7 and we can see the new design theme. The second-generation Q7 comes with new 3-spoke steering wheel with a fully-digital display for the instrument cluster, as we have already seen in the TT sports car and Volkswagen Passat. The MMI screen pop up from the top of dashboard and the gear liver design is unique. Audi has also added a touch pad to control the MMI screen in the center console.
One highlight is the curb weight of just 1,995 kilograms (as 3.0 TDI), the 2016 Audi Q7 is the lightest in its class. It weighs 325 kilograms less than the previous model. With its lightweight, multi-material body and an all-new chassis, it is comfortable while at the same time offering the typical performance of a sporty Audi. Audi engineers have reduced the fuel consumption of the Q7 by as much as 28 percent (TFSI) and 23 percent (TDI).
Another major highlight is introduction of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro which is world’s first plug-in hybrid with a six-cylinder diesel engine and quattro all-wheel drive. It impresses with 373 hp of system output and a system torque of 700 Nm, which on average returns 58.8 kmpl. A full battery charge is sufficient for a distance of 56 kilometers in pure electric mode. The Audi Q7 e‑tron accelerates with this power from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.0 second; top speed is of 225 kmph.
The powerful 3.0 TDI produces 272 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 100 kmph takes 6.3 seconds; top speed is of 234 kmph with a fuel-efficiency of 17.5 kmpl. While the 3.0 TFSI produces 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque, accelerating the big SUV from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 kmph with a fuel-efficiency of 12.99 kmpl.
A second variant of the 3.0 TDI with 218 hp and 500 Nm of torque will follow at a later date. Another petrol engine is the 2.0 TFSI with an output of 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque. It is planned primarily for the Asian markets and the U.S.A. Surprisingly, the powerful 4.2 TDI has been omitted in the second-generation Q7 range.
The 2016 Q7 PHEV is the world’s first PHEV with a heat pump, which minimizes the energy requirement for heating and air conditioning without compromising customer comfort. Furthermore, the customer can pre-heat or pre-cool the car via an app.
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