The proportions of the new Audi Q7 are slimmer than its predecessor; the new model is 5.05 metres in length, 1.97 metres in width, 1.74 metres in height and has a wheelbase of 2.99 metres. These dimensions make the new generation 37 mm shorter and 15 mm slimmer, while the height has remained approximately the same.
The Audi Q7 reveals many elements of the new Audi design idiom for Q models: it’s much more powerful and incisive, relies more on clearly accentuated lines and emphasises the horizontal through its more geometrical design.
The Audi Singleframe grille is clearly three-dimensional in form; its horizontal toothed structure and its wide framing create an awareness of the status and presence of the vehicle. The side view continues the play of lines and surfaces. At the upper corner of the headlight the so-called “blister line” begins, which segments the side. Above the wheels it conveys an impression of restrained muscularity – a subtle homage to the classic quattro models from Audi. The wheel arches appear large and incisive; this highlighting of the wheels is also typically quattro.
The rear of the Audi Q7 is characterised by three horizontal lines. They run in the area of the rear lights, number plate and the bumper. They structure the rear and emphasise the width therefore lending the vehicle a more sporty appearance. LED rear lights are standard on all Audi Q7 models. They continue the styling of the headlights, creating an especially progressive look. The underbody protection in the rear is an eye-catcher, it’s wide and includes a diffuser in aluminium look as well as rectangular tailpipes. The wrap-around tailgate gives the rear a wider appearance and facilitates loading and unloading. It offers electrical opening and closing as standard.
Xenon headlights are offered as standard, however full LED headlights and Matrix LED headlights are also available as an option.
Each Matrix LED headlight divides its high beam into 15 individual light-emitting diodes paired with three reflectors. A camera on the interior mirror analyzes the traffic situation. Given this information, the control unit individually turns the diodes on and off, or dims in them in 64 stages each, depending on the situation. Together with the LED and Matrix LED headlights, Audi provides dynamic rear turn signals – their individual segments light up in rapid succession from the inside outwards.
The new Audi Q7 features a significant list of standard equipment, as follows:
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 183 kW quattro tiptronic
Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
18-inch alloy wheels
Xenon plus headlights
Audi drive select
Audi music interface with USB
Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
Partial leather upholstery
Electrically operated tailgate
Front and rear PDC
Leather-trimmed, 4-spoke multi-function steering wheel Plus with shift paddles
Cruise control system
Two-zone digital air conditioning
LED interior lighting
The new Audi Q7 will be priced as follows, standard with the 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan, available to extend to 6 years/200 000km:
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic: R 924,000