Second-gen Audi Q7 makes world debut in Detroit

The wait is finally over as the second-gen Audi Q7 has made its world premiere this week in Detroit during the 2015 North American International Auto Show with a whopping 325 kg (716.5 lbs) weight loss. Featuring a rather controversial design, Ingolstadt’s full-size SUV has been described by many as looking like a high-riding wagon so we are curious to see if the much disputed design will affect sales.

Audi will offer the overhauled Q7 with xenon, LED or matrix LED headlights combined with LED taillights while inside the cabin you will find the latest generation MMI infotainment system. Also new is the climate control system featuring capacitive toggle switches and a separate TFT display. At an additional cost, the second-gen Audi Q7 can be equipped with a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system as well as with 10.1-inch tablets.

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Power comes from an extensive array of engines, starting with a 2.0 TFSI rated at 252 HP & 370 Nm, followed by a beefier 3.0 TFSI outputting 333 HP & 440 Nm. Audi is also offering a 3.0 TDI with either 218 HP & 500 Nm or with 272 HP & 600 Nm.

There’s also going to be a plug-in hybrid version teaming up a 3.0 TDI with an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox integrating an electric motor. This variant will have a combined output of 373 HP & 700 Nm which will be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 6 seconds and a 140 mph (225 km/h) top speed. More importantly, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid will consume just 1.7 liters / 100 km and provide an electric range of 35 miles (65 km).

Adrian Padeanu

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