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2014-12-15 14:06

SUPER LIGHT SUV: Audi has revealed its trimmed down Q7 ahead of the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. Image: Audi

•  Q7 debut at NAIS Detroit in Jan 2015
•  Available to order in the UK in March
•  325kg lighter, 26% more efficient
•  3.0 V6 TDI engine at UK launch
•  First diesel plug-in quattro drive

INGOLSTADT, Germany – Audi claims it's setting standards in the premium SUV segment with its new Q7.It’s a whopping 325kg lighter than the previous model and the “low centre of mass makes it extremely agile”.

It’s also the most spacious car in its segment, claims Audi, even with exterior dimensions trimmed down.

Audi board member for technical development, Ulrich Hackenberg, said: “The new Audi Q7 is a statement of our competence. Weighing 325kg less, it is the benchmark in its class. It is around 26% more fuel efficient and is equipped with the latest assistance systems, infotainment modules and connect features."


The Q7 weighs 1995kg  - the three-litre TDI derivative, making it the lightest in its class. With its light, multi-material, body and an all-new chassis, it is comfortable while still offering strong performance, Audi says.

The first UK-bound Q7's will be powered by the latest incarnation of the 200kW 3.0 TDI engine capable of 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. The diesel V6, says Audi, can return 5.9 litres/100km with 153g/km CO2 emissions.

The operating concept, infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems have also been improved and, says Audi, the new MMI all-in-touch control unit with large touchpad makes operation child’s play.

Other enhanced goodies are the expanded services from Audi connect, the Audi tablet for rear seat passengers and the two sound systems with 3D audio. Smartphone integration with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also new. All these systems makes the Q7 one of the first cars worldwide to offer these functions, claims the automaker.

Driver assistance systems now has adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistant, also a world first.


Audi provides an extremely comfortable three-seat unit with adjustable seatbacks for the second row. All three seats can each be moved longitudinally up to 11cm, 1cm more than before.

There's also the two individual seats option in the third row. There's 2.4cm more head room and 2cm more shoulder room. With the seats folded down, the seat backs are integrated into the cargo floor and can be raised or lowered electrically using rocker switches ergonomically located in the area of the C-pillars and in the cargo compartment.

For optimal access to the third row, the seats in the second row can be folded down and tipped up on edge as a compact package, providing an entry width of 37.6cm. All seats in the second and third rows have Isofix/i-Size fixtures for child seats. This means six child seats can be mounted in the new Q7. Roller blinds and dark 'privacy' glazing is optionally available for the rear. The optional glass sunroof makes the generous interior even brighter.

If all seven seats are occupied, the cargo compartment of the new Audi Q7 has a capacity of 295 litres, or 770 litres in load configuration. The five-seater offers 890 litres and 2 075 litres with the second row seat backs folded down. The loading lip has also been lowered by 4.6cm compared with the previous model.


Audi also says the Q7 e-tron quattro, which will be launched soon after its conventionally powered units, will be the first plug-in hybrid from the brand with a diesel engine. It impresses with 275kW/700 Nm, and will also be the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro all-wheel drive in the premium SUV segment.

Impressive figures rate at 1.7 litres/100km, which corresponds to less than 50g/km of CO2 emissions. A full battery charge is sufficient for a distance of just under 22km.

Audi will be the first automaker to have a mass-production car claiming 1.7 litres/100km. VW has 200 XL1 units that use only 0.9 litres/100km.

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