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Audi Q7 takes “last approval drive” in Namibia

The second generation Audi Q7 has recently completed its “last approval drive” which took place in Namibia located in southern Africa. The trip took place at the beginning of this month and Prof. Dr. Hackenberg along with chief development engineers from Technical Development had to perform some last-minute testing on the full-size SUV which will start reaching customers this summer.

Audi decided to play it safe in terms of design but underneath the familiar skin is a whole new car as the second generation Q7 is up to 325 kg lighter than its predecessor while efficiency has increased by a massive 26%. Those who are interested in this model will have to choose between xenon, LED or even matrix LED headlights, with the high-end versions getting dynamic turn signals for the taillights.

Compared to the model it replaces, the new Audi Q7 is 37mm shorter and 15mm narrower while the cabin is now more spacious as the engineers were able to add 21mm between the first and second rows of seats. The cabin hosts the Audi Virtual cockpit borrowed from the TT and also can be fitted with a 23-speaker 1,920-watt Bang & Olufsen Advanced Audio System with 3D sound. Also available are two optional 10.1-inch tablets while high-end variants get the latest MMI infotainment system with a large touchpad.

Adrian Padeanu

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