Following an online leak last week, Audi has released official images of the all-new Q7 SUV.
Scheduled to make its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the Q7 marks a fresh styling direction for all Audi SUVs, and sits on an all-new MLB 2 platform that will also underpin the next Porsche Cayenne and Bentley SUV.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, describes the Q7 as a much lighter vehicle compared to its predecessor. “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 percent more fuel efficient and is equipped with the latest assistance systems, infotainment modules and connectivity features.”
It will be available with 185kW/370Nm 2-litre TFSI and 245kW/440Nm V6 TFSI turbopetrol choices, with diesel apologists being offered a 200kW/600Nm 3.0 V6 TDI. According to Audi, this model dashes to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds, while the V6 petrol does it in 6.1s. All models will get four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
One of the most striking changes from its predecessor is the three-dimension single-frame grille, finished in silver on this S-line model. Lower, slimmer LED headlights and larger air intakes underneath give the front end a more aggressive look. Overall, however, the Q7 is actually smaller than its predecessor measuring 37mm shorter, 15mm narrower and the same height.
The interior has changed dramatically, with the emphasis on a wide, narrow dash and a large, flat centre console housing the gear lever, infotainment touchpad and cup holders. In keeping with models lower down in the range a central display screen sprouts from the top of the dash, while the instrument cluster is now fully digital.
The big news though is that a plug-in hybrid diesel e-tron model will arrive towards the end of 2015 combining a diesel engine with an electric motor clocking in 224km/h. We’ll bring you more details from the Detroit show, when Audi reveals the car officially. Pricing and the SA arrival date is yet to be announced.