It’s smaller and lighter, but has more interior space and higher fuel efficiency, consuming a whopping 26 percent less fuel on average than the previous year’s version. It seems almost paradoxical, but it’s simply the new 2016 Audi Q7.
Announced in a press release from Audi today, the new Q7 lineup includes impressive variants, including the first diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro drive. There are two options for five-seaters and seven-seaters, either the 3.0 TDI or 3.0 TFSI. The TDI variant is capable of producing 272 hp with a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.3 seconds, while the TFSI creates 333 hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
Most impressive is the fuel economy of these options; in the 5-seater chassis, the TDI returns an average of 38.6-41.3 mpg, while the TFSI sees between 29.0-30.5 mpg.
This fuel economy is reached by a 716.5 pound reduction in overall weight. Though both shorter and more narrow than before, the cabin has been made longer and taller, providing a more comfortable experience overall. This is achieved through the use of incredibly light-weight materials during construction, primarily consisting of aluminum.
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The interior boasts one of the most advanced infotainment systems that Audi offers with fewer buttons, all framed in fine aluminum lines for a sleek appearance. The virtual cockpit utilizes a 12.3 inch TFT display that can be controlled from the steering wheel. Most impressive is the inclusion of Audi connect for MMI navigation plus, which allows passengers to access the internet via WiFi, and drivers to access up-to-the-minute traffic reports through Google Maps to better plan their trips.
The new Q7 certainly redefines what it means to own a sport SUV from Audi, and we are excited to see one of these out and about. Be sure to stay with us for more information as it is released.
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