Audi explains how the Q7 has lost 325 kg

Audi has released additional details about how the second generation Q7 has shaved off 325 kg (716.5 lbs). Revised from the ground up, the flagship crossover is 5.05 meters (16.6 ft) long, 1.97 meters (6.5 ft) wide and 1.74 meters (5.7 ft) tall and comes with a generous 2.99 meter (9.8 ft) wheelbase. This means it’s actually shorter and narrower than the model it replaces but it still manages to offer more room inside the cabin.

When equipped with the 3.0 TDI six-cylinder turbodiesel engine, the all-new Audi Q7 weighs 1,995 kg (4,398 lb) which makes it a whopping 325 kg (716.5 lbs) lighter than its predecessor. To further emphasize the massive diet, Audi says this shaved off bulk represents the equivalent of a concert grand piano.

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71 kg (156.5 lb) of the weight has been eliminated by implementing a body featuring a new multimaterial design while the chassis is now more than 100 kg (220.5 lb) lighter. This was possible by using aluminum and high-strength steel for the links to the wheel suspensions while the cardan shafts of the front axle are hallow. In addition, the pivot bearings are aluminum forgings and all of these weight savings have reduced the CO2 footprint by up to 70 g/km (112.7 g/mi).

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