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Second-gen Audi Q7 makes official online premiere

Several hours ago a few images with the second-gen Audi Q7 emerged and now the news is official. The flagship SUV from Ingolstadt adopts an evolutionary design encompassing sharper lines and a more angular styling which has done a great job at removing the bulkiness and oversized appearance of the outgoing generation.

More importantly, Audi’s engineers have managed to shave off as much as 325 kg (716.5 lbs) which makes the Q7 the lightest car in this segment. Clients will have the possibility of selecting between xenon, LED or matrix LED headlights and those who go for the more expensive variants also get taillights with dynamic turn signals.

The second-gen Audi Q7 is 37 mm shorter and 15 mm narrowed than the model it replaces and has approximately the same height. Although it’s smaller, the Q7 offers more room inside the cabin as between the first two rows there’s an additional 21 mm available. It’s the same story for the first and second rows of seats which benefit from an extra 41 mm and 23 mm, respectively.

Inside the cabin there’s the now familiar Audi virtual cockpit with a customizable TFT instrument cluster working along with Audi’s latest MMI system that benefits from an enlarged touchpad. Audio systems from Bose and Bang & Olufsen are available, along with support for Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. For more money, the second-gen Audi Q7 can get a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10.1-inch tables that have 32GB internal storage, a full HD camera along with NFC, LTE and Bluetooth support.

Underneath the hood there are two 3.0 TDIs, one with 218 HP & 500 Nm and the other with 272 HP & 600 Nm. Also available is a 3.0 TFSI rated at 333 HP & 440 Nm plus a lesser 2.0 TFSI generating 252 HP & 370 Nm. A more interesting choice is the 3.0 TDI + electric motor in the Q7 e-tron quattro where the hardware setup delivers a combined 373 HP & 700 Nm. It works with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission granting the full-size SUV with a 1.7 liters / 100 km fuel consumption and 50 g/km of CO2 emissions.

The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6 seconds in hybrid mode while on electric power it needs an extra 0.1s, prior to hitting a maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).

Audi says interested buyers will be able to place an order starting spring, with prices beginning from approximately €61,000 and deliveries slated to begin in the summer.

Adrian Padeanu

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