December 10, 2015: Audi has launched its Q7 facelift at a price of Rs 72 Lacs, ex-showroom Delhi. Initially, the vehicle will be imported through a CBU route but local manufacturing will start somewhere around mid-2016. This new SUV is lighter, faster and better looking than the previous version. Also, the new car is slightly smaller than its predecessor, 37mm shorter and 15mm less wide. The car will still compete against Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, BMW X5 and Volvo XC 90. The car is powered by a 333 bhp, 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 block which produces 440 Nm of torque. This comes mated to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission which enables the car to launch from 0-100 kmph in just 6.3 seconds, 1.6 seconds faster than the old Q7.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|45 TDI Quattro Premium Plus||Diesel||Automatic||2967cc
||10.7||14.75||245.41bhp @ 2910-4500rpm|
|45 TDI Quattro Technology||Automatic||2967cc
||10.7||14.75||245.41bhp @ 2910-4500rpm|
Luxury car market in India is getting more and more customer oriented since the last couple of years. Among Germany's Big 3, Audi is one automaker who has tasted immense success in the country owing to its contemporary models. Audi Q7 is its flagship SUV model, which is currently being offered as a CBU unit. Now, its facelifted version is launched in two trim levels, which are Premium Plus and Technology. It is about 300 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model, which will greatly enhance its overall performance and drive dynamics. This is powered by a 3.0-litre TDI oil burner that can generate 245.4bhp power in combination with 600Nm torque. Lowered weight and increased power output eventually offers a driving experience like never before. This motor is skillfully paired with an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission gear box. It is offered as a completely built-in unit, but its local manufacturing will start sometime in the next year at its Aurangabad facility. Its exterior styling has received a drastic improvement than before. The design concept of its signature grille remains the same, but the hexagonal surround got thicker in its size. The newly designed headlamps are available in three options namely, LEDs, xenon and Matrix LED lamps. Arrow shaped daytime running lights brings it more style, while both the bumpers are also tweaked. In the rear, it includes power operated tailgate as well as new LED tail lamps.
The interiors also has some significant improvements that are incomparably different from the outgoing model. Its cockpit has a premium design with admirable detailing all round. It also features an updated dashboard featuring a new infotainment system. It has neatly camouflaged cosmetics with modern layouts that set a new benchmark in the styling section. Audi's “Virtual Cockpit” all digital instrument cluster and Drive Select will remain the other key highlight. Apart from the entertainment and communication sections, all its comfort features are retained from its predecessor. As for the safety, it comes with improved set of attributes that offer next level of protection. It takes on the likes of Mercedes Benz GL class, Volvo XC 90, Porsche Macan and BMW X5 in India.
This stunner has the same body structure like its outgoing model. However, there are significant improvements on all the facets, especially on its front profile. Its hexagonal radiator grille now gets a thick surround. Also, it has a matte finish, that is rendering it a dynamic character. On either sides, it has a sleek headlight cluster with improved lighting design. This carries LED headlamps, indicators, static turning lights and headlight cleaning system as well. Also, there are double arrow shaped daytime running lights, which further adds to its style. Both the front and rear bumpers are redesigned for a more masculine look. On its sides, there are fenders with curvy detailing and fitted with new design alloy wheels. It is equipped with body colored ORVMs along with door handles and aluminum roof rails. As for the rear, the LED taillight cluster is reshaped and equipped with dynamic indicators. Apart from these, all the other cosmetics are retained from its outgoing model. Also, it has a rear spoiler that compliments its exclusivity.
This vehicle is built with a total length of 5052mm and width of 1968mm. With exterior mirrors included, its width comes to 2212mm. The total height measures about 1740mm and its overall wheelbase is 2994mm. Its front and rear tread is 1679mm and 1691mm respectively.
This 2016 version of Q7 has an improved cockpit design that is quite arresting. Its dashboard is refurbished and is housed with various new equipments. One of the most significant improvements is the new infotainment system featuring a high resolution touchscreen display. Meanwhile, it is incorporated with ergonomically designed seats, which are well cushioned and covered with Cricket leather upholstery. These are integrated with adjustable head restraints and individual arm rests as well. The front seats have electrically adjusting facility along with memory function that adds to the convenience level. It also comes with a large boot space, which can be increased by folding its rear seat and it comes with rear parcel shelf and trunk room light for easy access. The luggage compartment lid comes with electric opening and closing function. Then it has a 4-spoke, leather wrapped steering wheel with 14 multifunction keys mounted on it. There are also bottle holders present on front and rear doors. It has sun visors with both side illuminated vanity mirrors, which has folding function as well. The cruise control function maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. There are a couple of drink holders in front center console, while two in rear center arm rest and side panels. Apart from these, it is bestowed with all four power windows with driver side auto down function, automatically dimmed internal rear view mirror, speed limiter, velour floor mats, smoke package, ambient lighting, easy pack tailgate, temperature controlled cup holders and many other such aspects.
This model series has several advanced comfort features to ensure a fatigue-free traveling experience. It includes the advanced parking system plus for simplified parking and has an auto hold function that adds to the convenience factor. The advanced four zone deluxe automatic air conditioning unit with rear vents cools the cabin in no time and creates a pleasant ambiance. It electronically regulates the air temperature, rate of air flow and distribution to keep the ambiance pleasant. It also has separate temperature control for driver and front co-passenger and its controls are given on digital display. One of its most important feature is the Drive Select function that aids in adjusting the driving characteristics. Its pre-sense basic helps in networking the different vehicle systems that enables driving situations to be categorized and actions to be implemented for preventing occupants. The MMI radio plus featuring Bluetooth interface, Audi sound system and a 7-inch color display are other highlights. This SUV is also integrated with an advanced cruise control with brake intervention system that maintains the set speed constant, while dealing with obstructions ahead. Another interesting element is the panoramic glass sunroof that can be electrically operated. Besides these, it also has electrical sun blind for rear windscreen, driver information system, front center arm rest, electric luggage compartment cover, Audi phone box, and various storage compartments. All these features put together make it one of the most comfortable vehicle in its segment.
This stunning vehicle is quite spacious and takes in seven people with great ease. The headroom at front and rear is 1071 and 1016mm respectively. The shoulder room width at front is 1512mm, while its is 1485mm in the rear. Meanwhile, the elbow space at front is 1571mm and it is 1561mm in the rear. It comes an impressive boot space of 295 litres, which can be further increased up to a mind boggling 1955 litres, when the middle as well as the rear seats are folded.
This facelifted version is mated with an eight speed tiptronic automatic transmission gear box along with Quattro all wheel drive technology. The top speed it can achieve is approximately 234 Kmph and accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph in about 7.1 seconds.
Under the bonnet, it has a a 3.0-litre diesel drivetrain, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2967cc. Integrated with a common rail fuel injection system, this mill delivers optimum performance. This four cylinder mill has the ability to generate a peak power of 245.4bhp in the range of 2910 to 4500rpm and yields a torque output of 600Nm between 1500 and 3000rpm. Mated with an advanced eight speed tiptronic automatic transmission gear box, this SUV delivers superior performance on road. It achieves an incredible top speed of 234 Kmph and also returns a modest fuel economy.
The current generation Q7 houses a 3.0-litre diesel mill that is incorporated with a common rail fuel injection system. There is nearly 22 percent improvement in its fuel efficiency, considering its lowered weight and improved power output. The maximum mileage comes to about 14.75 Kmpl as per the ARAI certification, under standard driving conditions.
This 3.0-litre oil-burner has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 245.4bhp between 2910 and 4500rpm. Meanwhile, the torque output is 600Nm in the range of 1500 and 3000rpm.
In this latest version, there is MMI radio plus with Bluetooth interface with a 7-inch color display of high resolution. It comes with a CD, MP3 player, voice control and Aux-In connection. The Bluetooth interface helps in making hands free calls and audio streaming as well. Phone call reception quality is improved by the Audi phone box, which is operated through the multifunctional steering wheel. The Audi sound system is available with a 6-channel amplifier that has a total output of 180 watts. It also has ten loudspeakers including a subwoofer and a center speaker. The users are also provided access to smartphone voice control, which uses the vehicle's microphone and loudspeaker for better voice recognition. A driver information system is also on the offer with a color display, which gives useful information. Besides these, the manufacturer has also given it with some optional features like the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, and Bose 3D sound system. Another interesting aspect that customers can opt for is the Audi virtual cockpit that has a fully digital 12.3 inch instrument cluster. This gives necessary information relating to driving needs like vehicle speed, map representation, and so on. Not only these, but there are also various accessories that buyers can choose like LED headlights, alloy wheels, park assist, body graphics, night vision assistant, and various other such attributes.
Both the variants have its front and rear wheels fitted with robust ventilated disc brakes. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. Besides these, it has anti slip regulation, which prevents spinning of wheels and improves traction control. It is also gifted with an electronic stabilization program (ESP), which helps to keep it stable and under the control of driver. On the other hand, it has adaptive air suspension system with variable adaptive damping system on all the four wheels. It helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced and give a comfortable driving experience. The electric steering wheel makes handling easier even at high speeds, and comes with height as well as reach adjustment functions.
There is a long list of protective facilities available in this model series, which gives maximum protection to the occupants sitting inside the cabin. All the seats have three point inertia seat belts with height adjustment, force limiter and pyrotechnic belt tensioners. There is also ISOFIX child seat mounting available for front passenger seat. This vehicle has full size driver and front passenger airbags with two stage deployment. It also has rear side airbags, while the head airbag system gives side impact protection to its occupants. The highly developed anti theft alarm system includes tow away protection and includes interior monitoring of doors, engine as well as luggage compartment. It includes reversing camera that shows the image on MMI display. The first aid kit is also available, which is quite useful in case of any untoward incident while driving. In addition to these, it includes a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, power door locks, tool kit and jack, tyre pressure monitoring display, crash sensor and an engine check warning. All these significant aspects makes it one of the safest vehicles in the country.
The auto maker has fitted its wheel arches with a stylish set of 18 inch forged aluminum wheels in 5-arm design. These rims are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 255/60 R18, which gives gives a superior grip on any road condition.
1. Reduced body weight assists in good pickup.
2. Exceptional performance by its engine.
3. Availability of countless security elements.
4. New exteriors look quite impressive than before.
5. Presence of several innovative attributes.
1. Audi virtual cockpit should have been a standard feature.
2. Rear head space needs an improvement.
3. Price tag is quite expensive.
4. Maintenance costs are too are high.
5. Higher turning radius is a drawback.
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