2016 Audi Q7 Release Date, Price, Review, Interior – The new 2016 Audi Q7 is a completely redesigned 4-door mid-size luxury Sports Utility Vehicle, which also boast of being the flagship of Audi’s Q line of SUV crossover models. The new vehicle will be the 2nd generation of the Q7 launched back in ’07. Despite the fact that the vehicle has been thoroughly refreshed, its essential blueprint remains the same as the original.
The wheelbase model is 0.5” shorter than the immediate predecessor and, at 198.8” long, the Q7 is 1.5” shorter than previously. That said, the new vehicle now becomes 5” longer than the BMW X5 or the Acura MDX.
Moreover, the new vehicle is also 0.5” narrower in dimension than before and has almost the same height as before. In spite of the shrinking in size, the automaker says that the new Q7 has increased the cabin space. The most interesting aspect is perhaps the significant decrease in weight.
The new Q7 will now be 157 pounds lighter than its precursor thanks to the multi-material body and lightweight chassis. Furthermore, a U.S Audi official told All About Cars that the new vehicle will weigh 450-575 pounds less than the predecessor but will depend on the trim configuration. Enjoy the intuitive review below.
Engine Specs – 2016 Audi Q7
North American buyers will have three engine options to choose from: the base engine will be a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is rated at 252 hp and 273 pounds of torque. A mid-range 3L supercharged V6 with the ability to crank out about 333 hp and 325 pounds of torque, and lastly, the top of the range 3L turbodiesel V6 rated at 272 hp and 443 pounds of torque.
All the aforesaid engines will be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission system with Quattro AWD and steering wheel paddle shifters.
The supercharged V6 will prove to be more than adequate for the task of moving this massive SUV up mountain roads, or maneuvering on the flatlands. Admittedly, the power isn’t V8-like, but it’s surprisingly healthy for all power savvy buyers. The engine is undoubtedly smooth and quiet.
Switching to the TDI engine welcomes a different sensation. Being a diesel, it doesn’t rev as high since the full throttle upshifts come at around 4,500 rpm. But with up to 443 pounds of torque, it surely has a great midrange, which is predominantly a diesel engine forte.
The TDI engine perhaps doesn’t give the driver the excitement expected from a gas engine, however the acceleration times are quite similar. The automaker claims that that the 7-seater 3L supercharged Q7 is able to reach 100km/h (62mph) in 6.3 sec, while the TDI version does the same in 6.5 sec.
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length: 199.6 in
Width: 77.5 in
Passenger volume: 136 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu ft
Curb weight: 5080 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 5.5 sec
MPG: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Available Exterior Colors: Atlantis Blue Metallic, Carrara White, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Glacier White Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Lava Gray Pearl Effec,t Night Black, Orca Black Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic and Teak Brown Metallic
Towing Capacity: 7,700 lbs
Price & Release Date of the New Audi Q7 2016
It is unfortunate that the new 2016 Audi Q7 availability to the North American market will be until January next year, the pricing remains as rumors. It might be a safe bet to allege that the price will plummet by several hundred dollars for the 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TFSI, but the new 2.0L turbo could come with a cheaper MSRP than the outgoing 3.0T base model, presently valued at $49,225.
Performance Specs & Safety features
In a nut shell, the Q7 is large, comfortable, luxurious and quiet. It comes with an elevated driving position users crave whilst driving and doesn’t unusually feel completely top-heavy. The United States bound Q7 will come standard with a non-adjustable suspension system, while all the vehicles we managed to take on a test drive had been fitted with the optional adaptive air suspension.
The Audi automaker did a stunning job by adjusting the various setups because the suspensions modes can now be felt more. It is expected that the new vehicle will come with the usual features: stability control, antilock brakes and multiple airbags.
Also available are the Driver-assistance systems which are becoming more and more common nowadays, and Audi claims that the new Q7 will offer the wildest selection of Driver-Assistance systems. These will range from the usual Active Lane Assist, adaptive cruise control, Audi Pre Sense Basic – in case it detects an unstable driving condition, it closes windows and sunroof, tightens belts, and activates hazard lights.
Another feature is the Attention Assist – analyses driver’s behavior to detect if they are losing concentration. A Predictive Efficiency Assistant – uses route data to automatically adjust the speed limits, and speed for curves in conjunction with adaptive cruise control.