The new Audi Q7 has gone on a diet for the Detroit Motor Show weighing in at 1995kg with the 3.0-litre TDI engine, which is a huge 325kg less than before making it the lightest in it’s class. This massive loss of weight is due to intricate and clever means such as a 100kg lighter suspension and 71kg stripped off the body, chiefly due to the fact that the new aluminium doors are 24kg less than before.
The engines also lead the way for all-wheel drive SUVs. The primary Q7 models to reach the UK will be powered by the most recent 3.0 TDI engine which produces 268bhp and will go from 0-62 in just 6.3 seconds. This diesel V6 engine is capable of achieving 47.8mpg, also impressive for a car of just under 2 tons.
Audi’s all new MMI all-in-touch control unit with large touch pad makes operating the features easy and coherent. Expanded services for Audi connect, Audi’s tablet for rear seat passengers and the two sound systems with 3D audio all feature. Further additions include smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, the Q7 being one of the first ever cars to offer these functions. Also available is cruise control with traffic jam assistant.
The Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro will be released shortly after the combustion powered versions. It is the first plug-in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine and produces 368bhp. It is also the first diesel plug-in hybrid with Quattro all-wheel drive in the premium SUV segment. A fully charged battery will keep it running for 35 miles and the diesel hybrid can achieve up to 166.1mpg.