Bigger doesn’t need to mean heavier. The Q7 was a heavy crossover, and now that this new one has been launched, it promises better comfort, more fuel efficiency, better handling, and loads more tech.
The new Q7’s exterior follows Audi’s new design language for SUVs, which now has a more edgier shape rather than a flowing design. As a result, the Q7 somehow looks more like a large wagon rather than a true SUV by design. The Q7 now has a bold, three-dimensional single frame grille, and traditional Audi design cues for the headlights such as the LED daytime running lights are seen here. For the S Line variant, Matrix LED headlamps are equipped, and in conjunction are sequential turn signals for the head and tail lights.
Inside, the Q7 follows a concept of less is more. There is less… uhhh, dashboard area and more room for people. There’s also a lot less buttons in the cockpit. The MMI infotainment screen pops out when the vehicle is started in true Audi fashion, and perhaps the most noticeable feature of the cabin is the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Standard on all variants, a 12-inch TFT LCD replaces the traditional gauge layout. It is an ergonomic and highly customizable display that can even feature the navigation system so that the driver won’t have the need to look away too much from the road when glancing at the navigation screen. Interior room has been increased all around, with a great emphasis placed on head and legroom, plus an increase in third row room that can fit small adults comfortably.
The Audi Q7 is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 TDI diesel engine that produces 272 hp and 600 Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-Speed Automatic and quattro AWD is standard. Around the middle of 2016, Audi will equip the Q7 with a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, producing 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque.
Q7 3.0 TDI Prestige: P6,630,000
Q7 3.0 TDI S-Line: P7,380,000
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