Audi Q7 and Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

March 9, 2017
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Audi is setting new standards with the second generation of the Audi Q7. The large SUV is teeming with innovative solutions in all aspects of its technology – from its lightweight design, drive system and chassis to its infotainment and assistance systems. Its spacious interior is highly configurable and offers luxury-class levels of comfort.

Design and body
The new Audi Q7 has a confident road stance. The sculpted Singleframe grill dominates the front with the daytime running lights forming a distinctive double-arrow pattern in the headlight unit. The trunk lid with standard LED tail lights wraps around the solid, upright D pillars. Inlays with the quattro logo in the door trim strips structure the lower part of the vehicle sides. The add-on parts embody a new concept of colors and materials.

The new Audi Q7 has shed as much as 325 kilograms (716.5 lb) compared with the previous model, depending on the engine. Thanks to Audi’s strict adherence to the principle of lightweight design, the curb weight of the base version is kept under two metric tons (without driver). 71 kilograms (156.5 lb) was saved in just the body, which incorporates many aluminum parts in keeping with its innovative multi-material construction principle.

Drive system
The 3.0 TDI with 200 kW (272 hp) accelerates the five-seater Q7 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 6.3 seconds (6.5 seconds for the seven-seater). When equipped with five seats, the car’s combined fuel consumption is just 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers (41.3 US mpg) with emissions of 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer (239.8 g/mi) – 23 percent less than the previous model. The Q7 ultra is newly available with a 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp). It has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers (42.8 US mpg) (144 grams CO2 per kilometer [231.7 g/mi]).

Engine lineup

  • ultra 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.2 – 5.5 (37.9 – 42.8 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 – 144 (262.3 – 231.7 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The new Audi Q7 TDI features a new, particularly efficient eight-speed tiptronic as standard. It transfers engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

Suspension
The handling of the large SUV is agile and at the same time comfortable. The electromechanical power steering and versatile Audi drive select system are standard. The vehicle can also be equipped with the optional adaptive air suspension with tilt angle display and new optional all-wheel steering system that can turn the rear wheels up to five degrees. The wheel suspension systems are also entirely new. Compared with its predecessor, the chassis is over 100 kilograms (220.5 lb) lighter. The center of gravity of the Q7 has been lowered by 50 millimeters (2.0 in), primarily by installing the engine lower.

Interior and controls
Despite having slightly more compact outside dimensions than the previous model, the inside of the new Audi Q7 has actually increased in size – it is the biggest in its segment. The interior feels like a luxurious lounge; it is spacious and light.

A broad continuous air vent strip runs across the front of the cockpit in the passenger area. It ensures a very good interior climate with the optional 4-zone air conditioning system. Horizontal lines are emphasized by many of the sophisticated two-part inlays. When it is dark, optional very fine light guides trace the contours with individually selectable colors. All colors and materials are carefully coordinated. Optional leather packages for the seats and the dashboard as well as two different design selections make the interior even more exclusive.

Three versions of the front seats are available; they offer numerous options up to the customized contour seat with heating, massage and climate control functions. Another option is the Audi virtual cockpit – the TFT display with a 12.3-inch diagonal shows high-resolution graphics and allows switching between different views. A 7.3-inch central display is a standard feature. The MMI navigation plus optionally comes with an 8.3-inch display. It is supplemented by a head-up display.

The backrests of the rear bench in the second row of seats fold down in the ratio of 35:30:35. With the optional rear bench seat plus, the seats can be individually adjusted longitudinally by up to 110 mm (4.3 in), so as to accommodate three child seats. On request, Audi offers a third row of seats, which is electrically foldable as a standard feature and whose two individual seats are EU-certified as group III child seats, but can also be used by adults without restrictions. In the five-seat model the basic configuration of the luggage compartment boasts a volume of 890 liters (31.4 cu ft), and this can be increased up to 2,075 liters (73.3 cu ft). A power tailgate is standard, and gesture control is available as an option in conjunction with the convenience key.

Assistance systems
The new Audi Q7 offers the widest range of assistance systems of any production car in the world. The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel, while adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist accelerates and brakes the car while maintaining a safe following distance from the preceding vehicle and takes over the task of steering in slow-moving traffic. In addition, collision avoidance assist supports the driver in critical evasive maneuvers. The turn assist detects oncoming vehicles when making a left turn and automatically applies the brakes in case of danger. The portfolio of innovations also includes cross traffic assist rear, exit warning and trailer maneuver assist.

Infotainment
The Audi Q7 offers the very latest evolutionary stage of MMI technology with the optional MMI all-in-touch. The driver and front passenger can input characters on the large glass touchpad surface, and they can zoom and scroll using multi-finger gestures. With each input, the finger gets tactile feedback. The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free-text search function. The voice control system recognizes inputs made using everyday language, such as: “Where can I refuel?”

The top-of-the-range infotainment system in the Q7, MMI navigation plus, uses the second-generation modular infotainment module with its outstanding computing power. Its Wi-Fi hotspot connects the passengers’ mobile devices to the internet, while the LTE module brings the online services of Audi connect on board. The Audi smartphone interface integrates cell phones with the iOS or Android operating system into the infotainment environment.

For hi-fi connoisseurs, two optional sound systems are available: one from Bose and one from Bang & Olufsen with up to 1,920 watts of output power and new 3D sound. Up to two Audi tablets can be snapped into place on the backs of the front seats; they serve as a versatile rear seat entertainment system – another pioneering connectivity solution from Audi.

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro
With the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro, Audi presents the world’s first plug-in hybrid model with a six-cylinder TDI engine and quattro drive. The SUV sets standards thanks to 275 kW (373 hp) of system power and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.2 seconds and consumes no more than a best-in-segment 1.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (130.7 US mpg) in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The SUV covers up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) on electricity alone in the NEDC.

The 3.0 TDI, a highly efficient, latest-generation V6 diesel engine, delivers 190 kW (258 hp) of power and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor produces 94 kW of power and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. Together with a separating clutch, it is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic.

The high-voltage battery in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is installed beneath the luggage compartment so that it barely affects the space for luggage. It provides 17.3 kWh of energy at a rated voltage of 308 volts. Thanks to the new multi-phase charging technology, a full charge takes only around two-and-a-half hours with a 7.2 kW industrial outlet, or around eight hours on a household outlet, depending on the capacity of the charging infrastructure.

Audi offers its customers a partnership with the utility LichtBlick SE, whose electricity is generated from 100 percent renewable energy sources. If the customer opts for “Audi energy”, his or her entire household will be supplied with environmentally friendly electricity.

The headlights of the Audi Q7 e-tron are three-dimensional, with their light signature appearing as a double arrow. LED light guides in the air inlets generate a characteristic e-tron signature of staggered lines that underscore the horizontals.

Popular optional equipment items from the basic model are already standard in the Q7 e-tron quattro for the German market. They include LED headlights, MMI navigation plus with MMI all‑in‑touch and the Audi virtual cockpit are among the features included. The standard items also include a charging cable for public charging stations and a charging cable that not only features power connections for domestic and industrial sockets, but also contains a graphic display. A standard feature, the thermal management system withintegrated heat pump, was specially developed for the plug‑in hybrids of the Q7 family. Audi is the first manufacturer in the world to market this technology. This represents another benchmark achieved by the brand with the four rings in terms of electric range, interior comfort and climate control efficiency.

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.9 – 1.8 (123.8 – 130.7 US mpg)
Combined electrical consumption in kWh/100 km: 19.0 – 18.1
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 50 – 48 (80.5 – 77.2 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted

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