After endless redesigns and facelifts on the first generation model which was released in 2007, Audi is finally set to release the second generation of the crossover which despite its lack of redesign still sits at the top of the segment.
The model’s excellent design is what has made it remain competitive through the years leaving other competing models to play catch-up. With its profile that looks more of a sport-wagon than a traditional SUV, the looks of the SUV are set to be more wagon-like than before.
It will be offered in three trim levels which are; Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
2017 Audi Q7 Exterior
The exterior has been redesigned to look more modern an elegant. The vehicle looks sharper courtesy of its sharper body lines still falls in line with other Audi models. The vehicle still features a single frame grille which is flanked stylish LED headlights resulting in a captivating look. Below the grille is a redesigned bumper with huge air intakes.
At the back, the bumper and tailgate comes largely untouched from the predecessor model. However, the taillights are narrower and have a more stylish design. The vehicle also features trapezoid-shaped exhaust pipes. The side character lines fall next to the sills while the waistline takes a crisper look.
At 16.6 ft long and 6.5 ft wide, the Q7 is 1.5 ft shorter and 0.6 ft narrower than its predecessor models. Its height remains unchanged at 5.7 ft. It will ride on a 9.8 ft wheelbase. The new model will weigh around 26% less than the outgoing models due to the use of lightweight materials and its excellent chassis design. Customers looking for a sport feeling can opt for the S line package which offers bumpers, side sills, air intakes, the diffuser and roof spoiler all with a sporty touch as well as a dark gray, high-gloss finish grille.
2017 Audi Q7 Interior
As you would expect from Audi, the interior will be awesomely designed; interior design is an area where Audi is particularly exceptional. The new Audi Q7 is shorter and narrower but still the automaker adjusted its interior setting to offer more seating space.
The cabin will be offered in 7-seat and 5-seat versions. With the seats up, the 7-seater offers 10.4 cubic feet and rises to 27.2 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded while the 5-seater offers 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space which expands to 73.3 upon folding the rear seats. The previous models traditional bulky center stacks with its knobs and AC vents has been replaced with a taller center console which sees the A/C controls repositioned to fall on the same level with the instruments cluster. The display screen has been shifted to the dashboard as well. The new display stretches from the driver’s side to that of the passenger.
The vehicle also features a 3-spoke steering wheel and a digitized instruments cluster. The air conditioning system has also been upgraded and features fewer buttons and controls which are displayed on the new TFT screen. The cabin is also equipped with an upgraded MMI system which features intelligent suggestions when carrying out different activities such as looking for navigation directions. Cricket leather or Valcona leather will be the standard upholstery material on the seats. In addition, there will be a dose of Alcantara.
The cabin will be offered in 7 different color combos. To complement the premium leather, there will be doses of aluminum and wood trims such as Beaufort walnut. For entertainment, the SUV will feature a 10.1 inch tablet but one can also choose 2 tablets which act as rear seat monitors.
The tablets are connected to the MMI navigation and are powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors. The MMI system will offer access to internet radio, navigation, media and other functions via Wi-Fi connectivity.
Engine Specs and Performance
The new 2017 Audi Q7 will be offered in three engine options. The first engine will be a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder petrol engine which produces 252 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Though EPA ratings and performance details are yet to be released, this will be the most economical conventional engine.
The second engine will be a 3.0 L, V-6 which pumps 333 horses and 325 lb-ft of torque. This engine will push the Q7 from 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds and attain a 155 mph top speed.
Switching to diesel engines, the Q7 will feature a 3.0 L, TDI that is rated at 272 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque; a 6 hp and 36 lb-ft improvement from the outgoing models. The engine will hit 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 mph. This engine will have an estimated fuel economy of 41 mpg on combined drives.
The biggest news however is the introduction of a plug-in hybrid which uses diesel. In fact this will be the first plug-in diesel hybrid from Audi as well as the first diesel plug-in hybrid engine in the premium SUV segment. The engine dubbed the “e-tron” uses the 3.0 L, TDI but here it is tweaked to produce 258 hp. It is paired with a 94 kWh electric motor. The combination delivers 373 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. This will be the quickest of the lineup sprinting from 0-62 mph in 6.0 seconds.
The e-tron has a 34.8 miles range on electric power alone. The Q7 engines will be mated to a new 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission system.
Price and release date
For $ 54,800 you get an elegantly designed, highly performing and reliable base Audi Q7. If you feel that is not enough, you can opt for higher trims with advanced convenience technology and most advanced safety features. To get a fully loaded Q7, you will have to spend around $ 72,000. The new Audi Q7 2017 should be found in showrooms in the first part of 2016.
The biggest rivals of the 2017 Audi Q7 will be the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5.