The 2016 Audi Q7 is an upcoming SUV that will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS). It is scheduled to go on sale in the spring of 2015.
Exterior and Interior Design
As you can notice from the photos, the 2016 Audi Q7 has been redesigned. Its front end is new, featuring a new hexagonal grille with thick crossbars, xenon or LED headlights, arrow-like daylight running lamps, new front bumper with splitter and large air intakes. Above the 18-inch alloy wheels there are some nicely-sculpted fenders. The rear end hasn’t been changed much, taillights are characterized by a similar design like the front lights, and include dynamic turn signals. The round tips have been replaced by the new flat exhaust pipes. The new Q7 comes in 11 different body colors, and there’s an option of additional exterior design packages.
When it comes to the interior, there are two variants of the Audi Q7 2016, a five-seat and seven-seat models. The cabin also received a facelift, and looks different compared to the some newer Audi models’ cabins. Buyers can choose between Valcona or Cricket materials, premium leather combined with Alcantara and wood/aluminum accents. The interior space has been increased and seats are comfortable, so passengers will enjoy in every ride. The storage area has also been increased.
The dashboard has been revised. It comes with a 7-inch TFT touchscreen positioned above it, which can be used for navigation, radio, climate control and multimedia. Instrument cluster has another digital display showing driver-relevant info and two digital gauges. A three-spoke steering wheel has additional buttons and switches. Customers can choose one or two more 10.1-inch tablets to be integrated in the seats; these will be used to entertain rear passengers, which can use them to access the music, radio, satellite navigation, and internet.
Engine, Specs, Performance
According to some sources, the 2016 Audi Q7 will be offered with several engines. First, a 2.0L TFSI I-4 petrol engine, delivering 252 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque, will be available in the United States and some Asian markets. There are no performance numbers at this moment. Another gasoline unit, a 3.0L TFSI V-6 engine will be able to produce 333 horses and 324.5 lb-ft of torque, allowing the SUV to reach the speed of 100 km/h (~62 mph) in 6.1 seconds. Its top speed is 250 km/h (~155 mph). When it comes to the fuel economy, it is EPA rated at 30.5 miles per gallon. These two units will be paired with an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission.
When it comes to turbo-diesel options, a 3.0L TDI V-6 diesel engine can deliver 272 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of twist, allowing the car to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. Maximum speed is rated at 234 km/h (~145 mph), and fuel economy is rated at 41.3 mpg. A less powerful variant of this engine, producing 218 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque is going to be available later. No details on the second diesel unit yet.
The same turbo-diesel engine with 258 horsepower will be offered with the new Audi Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid. Combined with a 94-kW electric motor, which will be integrated into the 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox, both units are going to generate a total of 373 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Expect a 0-to-62 mph time of about 6 seconds and fuel economy of 138 mpg. Electric only range is 34.8 miles.
2016 Audi Q7 Release Date, Price
The automaker announced that the 2016 Audi Q7 will be released next year, in the spring of 2015. But first, it is going to make its public appearance at the International Auto Show in Detroit this January. The current model is priced at $47,700, we believe the next model won’t cost more than $50 thousand dollars.
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