The 2015 Audi Q7 is the first new Q7 in nine years, a big gap for any popular vehicle. That said, the new SUV is not only be a big step forward for Audi in terms of technology and design but also employ Audi’s new design language. The Audi Q7 goes up against the likes of the newly launched Volvo XC90, the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X5 amongst others.
The new generation Audi Q7 is distinguished thanks to the distinct arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights but features a similar proportion to the outgoing model Q7. The new model also gets sharper body creases and a more aggressive stance than before. Also new are the more prominent wheel arches, redesigned tail lamps and bumpers and new alloy wheels. The new Audi A7 also gets a set of trapezoidal sporty exhaust pipes. The new Q7 has also shed off plenty of flab and bulk, both in terms of design and body parts and weighs 325kg less than the older model. Just the axels are 67kg lighter; doors lose 24kg; while the exhaust system weighs 19kg less now.
The Audi Q7’s cabin is sophisticated, practical, and extremely aesthetical and as before, will set a new benchmark in the luxury SUV segment. The different materials on the dashboard beautifully overlap each other and come with a retractable 8.3-inch infotainment display, creating a stunning layout. The minimalistic centre console comes with a stout gear lever, new MMI multimedia controls and an optional touch-pad. The standard car internationally comes with a great Bose music system, but there’s an option to better it with a terrific, and far more expensive, Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.
The bread and butter 3.0-litre TDI engine, which will be the engine of choice when it comes to India get a boost in power of 32PS. The V6 oil burner now produces 276PS of power, clocking an o-100kmph time in 6.3 seconds, a whole second faster. All this while improving emissions and fuel economy. Audi says efficiency has gone up by up to 28 percent. The petrol mill will power the Audi SQ7 and is the 3.0-litre TFSI block from the S4 with a matching output of 338PS. It adds about 55PS and shaves a full 1.6 seconds off the 100kmph sprint with a time of 6.1 seconds.
The new Audi Q7 will most certainly do great sales in India primarily due to the fact that it has always been the de facto preference for most bollywood personalities since its introduction many years ago. Going up against the likes of the Mercedes GLS and the likes of the newly launched Volvo XC90 will not be an easy task though. Read MoreRead Less