2015 Audi Q7 unveiled; 325 kgs lighter than its predecessor
Audi has unveiled the Audi Q7 SUV that will be showcased at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show in 2015. With the latest Audi Q7 SUV, the company is trying to set new standards in the SUV segment. The car’s chassis, infotainment and assistance systems, drivetrain and lightweight construction are equipped with innovative technology.
Body and Design:
The Audi Q7 is 325 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. The car also ensure reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The vehicle also offers reduced fuel consumption by as much as 28 percent (TFSI) and 23 percent (TDI).
“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 (716.5 lb) less, it sets the benchmark in its class. It is around 26 percent more efficient and is equipped with the latest assistance systems, infotainment modules and connect features,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development.
Being the lightest car in its class, the Audi Q7 weighs only 1,995 kgs. The multimaterial lightweight body with all new chassis offers a sporty performance. The car is 5.05 meters long, 1.97 meters wide, 1.74 meters (with steel suspension) and has a 2.99 meter wheelbase. The cabin is longer and has more headroom despite being shorter and narrower than its predecessor.
The body parts are made of hot shaped steel. The front and the rear ends and the superstructure of the car uses aluminum castings, panels and extruded sections. The doors, engine hood, front fenders and the rear hatch are made of aluminum as well. The SUV comes with high level of occupant protection and crash safety.
The three torsion rings reinforcing the front ends, the rear hatch cutout and the area of the C-pillars improve the static and the dynamic stiffness of the body. The torsion rings ensure vibrational comfort in the interiors of the car and also offers precise handling.
The design of the Audi Q7 seems to be masculine and the horizontal lines extend above the wheels. The exterior mirrors are mounted on the shoulders’ doors. The rear hatch surrounds the massive yet steeply raked D-pillars. The single frame grille features thick cross bars and is integrated organically into the front end. The car’s broad frame stretches out to the headlights (that features xenon/ LED/ Matrix LED technology, depending on customer’s choice). The taillights of the high end model include dynamic turn signals.
The interiors of the Audi Q7 seems to be tightly drawn. The two piece inlays are made available in different material combinations. In order to support the sporty and light interiors, the instrument panel is separated from the center console.
The second generation modular infotainment has also been provided on board. For easy operations, there is the MMI all‑in‑touch control unit with large touchpad. Other parts of the interiors include the Audi tablet for the rear seat passengers, two sound systems with 3D audio, expanded services from Audi connect. The car’s interiors also provide smartphone integration facility with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.
The Audi Q7 will be available with four engine specifications. A 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor ideal for 249bhp; a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine ideal for 328bhp; a 3.0-litre (Ultra) V6 diesel engine ideal for 215bhp; a 3.0-litre EU6 compliant V6 diesel engine ideal for 268bhp.
The Audi Q7 e‑tron quattro, which will be launched a short time, is the first plug in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. It produces 275 kW (373 hp) of power and a torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb‑ft). It is also the world’s first diesel plug‑in hybrid with quattro all‑wheel drive in the premium SUV segment. It consumes just 1.7 liters per 100 kilometers (138.4 US mpg), which corresponds to less than 50 grams CO2 per kilometer (80.5 g/mi). A full battery charge is sufficient for a distance of 56 kilometers (34.8 mi).
The new Audi Q7 is expected to be launched in India in late 2015.
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