The all-new, second-generation Audi Q7 has been revealed ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut. The large, seven-seat crossover has gone very conservative in the looks department but packs more substance than its predecessor.
While the new Q7 doesn’t look dramatically different than the current model, the adoption of Audi’s latest design cues give it a toned-down appearance that makes the first-gen model look overly aggressive by comparison. It’s not unattractive by any means, but Audi’s designers should have probably done more to make it stand out from the crowd of similarly-styled crossovers.
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The clean and modern interior features Audi’s virtual cockpit seen in the new TT and the latest version of its MMI infotainment system, which has a bigger touchpad. There are fewer buttons and knobs and, as a result, a less cluttered cockpit.
Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support are available, as well as a Bose sound system with 3D sound and a more expensive Bang & Olufsen Advanced Audio System with 3D sound and 23 speakers packing 1,920 watts of amplifier power. Kicking the luxury up a notch, buyers also have the option of one or two optional 10.1-inch tablets powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and featuring a full HD camera, 32GB of internal storage, and Bluetooth / NFC / LTE connectivity.
One of the most notable highlights of the redesigned Audi Q7 is its 1,995 kg (4,398 lbs) curb weight — 325 kg (716.5 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, thanks in large part to a lightweight chassis and body that makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum. Audi claims an improvement of approximately 26 percent in fuel efficiency as a result of the massive weight reduction.
In Europe, the new Q7 will launch with two V6 engines. The first is a diesel-burning 3.0 TDI rated at 272 horsepower and 442.5 lb-ft. (600 Nm) torque, enough power to launch the large German crossover from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds on route to a top speed of 234 km/h (145.4 mph). It delivers fuel economy of 5.7 liters / 100 km (41.3 mpg US) and emits 149 g/km of CO2 in a mixed European cycle.
The second engine is a 3.0-liter gas-burning TFSI that makes 333 horsepower and 324 lb-ft. (440 Nm) of torque, accelerating the Q7 to 62 mph in a slightly faster 6.1 seconds and returning 30 mpg.
More engines will be offered later in the production run, including a de-tuned TDI making 218 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. (500 Nm) of torque, 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI rated at 252 horses, and a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a combined output of 373 horsepower and 516.3 lb-ft. (700 Nm).
There is a good chance that the North American-spec Q7 will come with two TFSI units and the aforementioned 272-horsepower TDI.
All engines are hooked to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission that drives all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Maximum towing capacity comes in at over 7,700 pounds (3.5 metric tons).
When the all-new, 2016 Audi Q7 goes on sale in the first half of 2015, it will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS (formerly the GL) and Volvo XC90.
Is Audi Bringing More Wagons To The United States, Canada?
An enigmatic Twitter post suggests more Audi wagons are coming to North America.
With the A4 Allroad serving as its only wagon available in the United States and Canada, Audi could be gearing up to capitalize on the small renaissance in the wagon segment.
A tweet () by the German automaker hints at more of its wagon crossing the Atlantic, with some reports claiming that the A6 Avant at the very least will be sold alongside the rugged, more offroad-oriented A4 Allroad.
The performance-oriented RS6 Avant with its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 may also come to America, giving practical-minded driving enthusiasts a compelling option to consider.
The North American-spec A6 Avant could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle as Audi’s an answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon and Volvo V90. How will you configure yours?
Audi’s New Tech Lets Drivers Catch Green Lights, Avoid Red Lights
If you hate sitting at red lights, Audi has a novel solution that allows you to ride the ‘wave’ of green lights.
Audi has introduced a new technology that could make waiting at red lights a thing of the past.
Leveraging the company’s Traffic Light Information system, the so-called ‘Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory’ (GLOSA) system uses traffic light information to let drivers know what speed they should travel to catch the next green light and avoid having to stop at a red light, thereby reducing a journey’s overall emissions.
“Audi is committed to moving America in many ways, including through the development of industry-leading connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Mark Del Rosso, president, Audi of America. “Not only do vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies like GLOSA benefit drivers today, they’re also the critical steps needed as we continue toward an automated future.”
But should you by chance get stuck at a red light, the system also has a countdown to green that lets you know exactly how long you’ll have to wait before you can continue on your journey.
Available on select 2017 and newer vehicles, the GLOSA system launches in select metro areas before expanding to new locals over time.
New Audi e-tron GT Concept Previews Audi’s Tesla Model S Fighter
The electrified fastback sedan will eventually join the e-tron SUV in Audi’s growing electric vehicle lineup.
Audi has revealed the e-tron GT concept, effectively previewing its answer to the Tesla Model S.
Based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT will follow the e-tron and e-tron Sportback crossovers as the brand’s third electric car. It features a five-door liftback bodystyle that’s similar to the A7, though it slightly wider and sits lower to the ground than that Audi. In fact, the car’s center of gravity is more inline with an R8 supercar thanks to having its battery mounted below the floor.
Powered by an electric drivetrain that produces 590 horsepower, and with a permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring distributing that power, the e-tron GT can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 12 seconds. A 90-kWh battery allows it to drive over 249 miles (402 km) according to the WLTP test cycle, and drivers can expect to recharge a depleted battery to 80 percent in just 20 minutes
As with the e-tron SUV, the production e-tron GT’s design is expected to stay true to the concept. Audi says production will begin sometime in 2020.
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