The new Audi Q7 was on show at the 2015 Detroit motor show this month; Order books here in the UK are set to open soon after the winter, and prices are expected to rise a little from today’s £47,000.
The second generation 2015 Audi Q7
There’s big news and it is the incorporation of more lightweight materials into its build; the lightest Q7 3.0 TDI now weighs just 1995kg - according to Audi, lighter than all its rivals. This still makes it quite a heavy car, but you have to give credit to the loss of 325kg from the Q7’s overall kerbweight. The new Audi Q7 is claiming to be up to 26% more efficient than before. Having said this, it should handle little less like a bus.
So it’s not just new light-weight materials and plenty of science; the Q7 is slightly smaller than than the current model, stretching to 5050mm long, 1970mm wide and 1740mm high. That’s a degree shorter (-37mm) and narrower (-15mm) than the current car. Although, Audi claims the new 2015 Q7 has a longer and roomier cabin than before.
New 2015 Audi Q7 Engines
Audi has confirmed the following Q7s will be sold from launch:
3.0 V6 TDI 218ps (further details due late 2015)
3.0 V6 TDI 272ps, 153g/km CO2, 47.8mpg, 0-62mph in 6.3sec
The new Q7 e-tron Quattro will sync Audi’s V6 diesel with its electric powertrain and four-wheel drive system. Petrol variants are unlikely to be available here in the UK, although they could come if the current diesel backlash is whipped up in the UK and Europe.
Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi R&D chief, commented: ‘The new Q7 also marks the debut of the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, the Audi technology matrix for models with longitudinally mounted engines. Efficient development and manufacturing provide Audi with flexibility for offering new technologies and drive variants. The new Audi Q7 is a statement of our competence. Weighing 325 kilograms less, it sets the benchmark in its class. It is around 26% more efficient and is equipped with the latest assistance systems, infotainment modules and connect features.’