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The new 2015 Audi Q7 – Overdue…but finally here!

January 13, 2015

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The All-new 2015 Audi Q7

The new Audi Q7 is here! Overdue, some might say, as production of the previous generation Q7 began way back in autumn of 2005 already. Now in 2015, ten years later, Audi is setting standards in the premium SUV segment with the all new Audi Q7.

The new Q7 SUV weighs up to 325 kilograms less weight and it’s low center of mass make it extremely agile. At the same time, it is the most spacious car in its segment. Although the exterior dimensions have gotten smaller, it offers substantially more interior room for passengers and luggage. Its innovative assistance and infotainment systems sets a new benchmark for luxury SUV’s and the new efficient engines consume 26 percent less fuel on average.


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Audi Q7 – Side front in Ara Blue

Weight & Fuel consumption

With its lightweight, multimaterial body and an all-new chassis, the 3.0 TDI has a curb weight of just 1,995 kg, making the new Audi Q7 is the lightest in its class, weighing up to 325 kilograms less than the previous model!

The 3.0 TFSI engine is even lighter, weighing just 1,970 kilograms. Lightweight construction has been applied in all areas, from the electrical system to the luggage compartment floor, but the key is the body structure, where a new multi-material design reduces the body’s weight by 71 kilograms! Audi engineers have also reduced the fuel consumption of the Q7 by as much as 28 percent (TFSI model) and 23 percent for the TDI model.


The engines set top marks in the segment of large SUVs with all-wheel drive. The 3.0 TDI with 200 kW and the 3.0 TFSI with 245 kW accelerate the new Audi Q7 from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds (TFSI) and 6.3 seconds (TDI), respectively. The diesel V6 consumes on average just 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, corresponding to 149 grams of CO2 per kilometre!

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Audi Q7 – Side rear in Ara Blue


The new Audi Q7 also sets standards with respect to the operating concept, infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems. The second-generation modular infotainment platform is on board, as is the Audi virtual cockpit as first seen in the new Audi TT. The new MMI all‑in‑touch control unit with large touchpad makes operation child’s play. Other attractive innovations include the expanded services from Audi connect, the Audi tablet for the rear seat passengers and the two sound systems with 3D audio. Smartphone integration with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also new and is one of the first cars in the world to offer these functions.

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Audi Q7 – MMI

e-Tron Hybrid technology

The Audi Q7 e‑tron quattro, which will be launched a short time later, is the first plug in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. It impresses with system 275 kW of system output and a system torque of 700 Nm, and is also the world’s first diesel plug‑in hybrid with quattro all‑wheel drive in the premium SUV segment. It consumes in the NEDC just 1.7 liters per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to less than 50 grams CO2 per kilometer.

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Audi Q7 – Side rear in Ara Blue

Size & Body

The new Q7 features the best height to weight ratio in its class according to Audi engineers. At 5.05 meters long, a 2.99 meter wheelbase, 1.97 meters wide and 1.74 meters tall (with steel suspension), it is an imposing and agile SUV with it’s low centre of gravity. Although it is shorter and narrower than its predecessor, the cabin is longer and offers more head room. The big SUV is 37 millimeters shorter and 15 millimeters narrower while virtually the same height. Inside, however, there is an additional 21 millimeters between the first and second rows of seats, and head room has increased by a whopping 41 millimeters and 23 millimeters in the first and second rows, respectively.

Noise levels

The premium acoustic insulation reinforces the impression of solidity and elegance by providing for a unique degree of quietness in every situation. The Q7 features best-in-class aero-acoustics result from the interplay between various vehicle components, such as the mirror mounted on the shoulder line.

The Q7 has a cd value of just 0.32 – a top mark in the large SUV segment is the result of sophisticated technical solutions amongst others a completely lined underbody as well as a small spoiler in the area of the rear axle that reduces lift.

Exterior design

The design of the new Q7 is masculine and determined. Horizontal lines extend above the wheels. These blisters are a subtle homage to the classic quattro models from Audi. The exterior mirrors are mounted on the shoulders of the doors; blades run from the front to the rear doors and bear embossed quattro logos. The rear hatch wraps around the massive, steeply raked D-pillars, a typical feature of the Q models from Audi. The daytime running lights of the LED headlights are shaped like a double arrow (Ala Lambo), while the taillights of the top model include dynamic turn signals – another Audi innovation.

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Audi Q7 – Cockpit

New / Advanced Technology

Natural speech control

With the new voice control system, drivers no longer have to stick to predefined commands. The system understands phrasings from everyday language, meaning that hundreds of command variations are possible for each function.

Audi virtual cockpit

As in the new Audi TT, the Q7 driver can switch between a classic view with high-quality rendered dial instruments and an infotainment view with an extended display area for lists and the map – all conveniently from the steering wheel. Furthermore, custom views, such as certain values from the on-board computer, can also be configured.

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Audi Q7 – Virtual Cockpit

3D sound

The Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 3D sound fascinate even discerning hi-fi users. Additional speakers in the A-pillars provide the spatial dimension of height so that the music appears to be coming from a large virtual stage. The system drives 23 speakers including subwoofers with 1,920 watts of amplifier power.

Audi phone box

The Audi phone box, another option in the new Q7 already available in other models, connects the cell phone to the car’s cellular phone antenna. Inductive charging and wireless smartphone connection will be available.

Rear seat entertainment: the Audi tablet

One or two Audi tablets with 10.1 inch screens serve as rear seat monitors powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors. It is temperature-resistant and offers the necessary crash safety lacking in conventional tablets. The Audi tablet is connected to the MMI navigation plus via WiFi, thus gaining access to the radio, media, navigation and car functions of the Audi Q7.

Online updates for the navigation map

Audi Q7 drivers can now download updates for the navigation map directly to the car using the LTE connection. They can also download the data to their computer using the myAudi platform and transfer them to the car via an SD card.

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Audi Q7 – Virtual Cockpit Navigation

Driver assistance systems

Standard are the rear parking aid, cruise control, adjustable speed limiter, rest recommendation and the safety system Audi pre sense city. At city speeds it warns the driver of impending collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians and will initiate heavy braking in an emergency.

Cross-traffic assist, exit warning system and trailer assistant

The “City” package comprises new systems. The cross-traffic assist warns the driver of other vehicles when driving slowly in reverse, such as when pulling out from a perpendicular parking spot.

The Audi Q7 trailer assistant steers the trailer backwards in precisely the direction indicated by the driver using the rotary pushbutton of the MMI. The system also manages turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction, stabilizes the trailer-tow vehicle unit when driving backwards in a straight line.

Audi side assist uses radar measurements behind the car to ensure safe lane changes; Audi pre sense rear tensions the seat belts in the event of an impending collision from behind.

ACC stop & go including traffic jam assistant

The adaptive cruise control system accelerates and brakes to keep the Q7 at the desired distance from the vehicle ahead. It displays the distance when it is deactivated. With the top version, ACC stop & go including traffic jam assistant, the system also takes over the steering on developed highways if traffic congested and not moving faster than 65 km/h.

Audi active lane assist uses a camera and small steering interventions to help the driver to stay in a lane. The safety system Audi pre sense front warns of an impending rear-end collision with the vehicle ahead, tensions the belts and brakes the car autonomously.

All-wheel steering

A steering system with an electric spindle drive turns the rear wheels inward by as much as five degrees depending on the situation. At low speeds they steer opposite the front wheels, which significantly increases vehicle agility and reduces the turning radius by up to one meter.

Audi drive select

The standard Audi drive select driving dynamics system works together with the adaptive air suspension to offer seven modes: efficiency (available for the first time on the Audi Q7), comfort, auto, dynamic, individual, allroad and lift/offroad. Depending on the equipment installed, Audi drive select integrates various technology modules, including the eight-speed tiptronic, the electromechanical power steering, the all-wheel steering and the engine characteristic.

Note: Featured pictures may not accurately depict the final South African version of the car. Final specifications, engines and trim levels of SA version not available at time of publication.

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