The Audi Q7 has lived up to its promise since its launch in 2006 with sales of 510,000 worldwide and it is hoped that the all-new version of the seven-seat luxury SUV with exceptional specification will increase those sales - especially as the new Q7 is significantly lighter, considerably more efficient, and appreciably more technologically accomplished.
From the outside, a large 3D hexagonal singleframe grille dominates the front of the car, flanked by double-arrow design Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights in SE models or all-weather LED units in the S line - topping off a body smothered in a full body-colour paint finish that now comes as standard. The all-weather units come with a high beam assist function and dynamic rear indicators, newly designed to sweep sequentially from the inside out to allow for better visibility when turning.
And as part of the SE specification, 19" diameter new design alloy wheels come as standard, with the S Line upgrading to 20" with a 19-inch diameter are part of the SE specification, while S line versions upgrade to a 20-inch wheel.
Both versions also come with powered tailgate operation.
Powering the newly-light Q7 (the new car is up to 325kg lighter than before) from launch is an EU6-compliant 3.0 TDI engine that produces 272 PS and 600Nm of torque, in combination with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with a fuel-saving freewheeling function, and quattro all-wheel drive. A top speed of 145mph is possible with an acceleration time from 0-62mph of 6.5 seconds, and it offers a combined fuel consumption figure of 47.9mpg with CO2 emissions rated at 153g/km.
Inside the cabin you find three rows of seats, all upholstered in supple Twin leather, and all giving more headroom than before - especially for travellers in the front and second rows. In the new Q7 the second seating row now offers a tilt and fold function to allow for extra space, which itself is increased with a new powered folding mechanism folding away the two third row seats when they are not in use. This allows the total of luggage space to be increased from 770 litres when seven passengers are on board to up to 1,955 litres if only the front seats are occupied.
Right up front, ready for activation is the latest MMI navigation plus with MMI Touch that brings a whole host of media within easily accessible reach courtesy of an MMI all in touch control unit with large touchpad and ultra-clear 8.3" electrically retractable monitor.
Complete with the Q7 comes a trial access to Audi connect, which brings internet-based services to the car via a fast 4G connection and also creates a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot so that other car occupants can connect using their own handheld devices. And that's not all.
Later this year, the Audi connect portfolio in the Q7 will be bringing “Apple Car Play” and “Google Android Auto” on board via the Audi smartphone interface to bring online music to the vehicle along with navigation functions, missed call/appointment reminders, messaging and, later, applications such as Pandora, Spotify and WhatsApp.
Other features inside the cabin include:
S line models also include upgrades to front sports seats upholstered in pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara, privacy glass and deluxe four-zone climate control.
The all-new Audi Q7 also includes the technology developed for Audi in the Audi virtual cockpit where all the analogue dials that you would expect to see in the binnacle have been replaced with a 12.3" TFT display complete with sharp and clear graphics.
In common with the new Audi TT, Q7 drivers are able to switch, courtesy of steering wheel controls, between a classic view with high-quality rendered dial instruments and an infotainment view with its lists and maps.
There is a choice of two high quality audio systems from Bose and Bang & Olufsen to power sound through the additional speakers in the A-pillars (with the Bang & Olufsen system driving 23 speakers) so that it truly is a surround-sound arena in the Q7.
Future developments for the Q7 will include a detachable Audi tablet connected to the MMI navigation plus via WiFi for rear seat passengers that will offer access to the radio, media, navigation and car functions of the Audi Q7, as well as being a hub for games, movies, music, eBooks and much more via its Android operating system.
When it comes to driving the new Q7, the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system is fully networked with the engine and transmission so that the driver is able to choose which of the five driving modes – auto, comfort, efficiency, dynamic or individual - is best for that particular journey. And with the modes also amending the feel of the electromechanical steering and the optional adaptive air suspension system, you can be sure that a journey will be exactly as you want it in the new Q7.
The new Q7 contains many innovative driver assistant systems as you would expect from a car of NOW! These include (some of them available as extras):
The new Audi Q7 is available to order from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, with delivery estimated in September. Whether you are interested in Personal Leasing or Business Leasing the new Audi Q7 is a car to aspire to.