BORN OUT OF NE­CES­SITY

Audi of­fi­cially launched the Q7 2015 in Malaysia.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

Are you in the mar­ket for an SUV big enough for a fam­ily of five, as well as fit­ted with all the bells and whis­tles that safety and au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy has to of­fer? If your an­swers were yes, then you may want to cast your gaze to­wards Audi's new Q7 2015 SUV.

The Ger­man au­to­mo­tive com­pany re­cently made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment that it would be bring­ing in the Q7 2015, which we pre­vi­ously re­ported on as part of our CES Asia 2015 cov­er­age ear­lier this year. The new Q7 is an up­dated ver­sion of the orig­i­nal Q7, which launched a decade ago back in 2005.

Audi has changed, added, and even mod­i­fied cer­tain fea­tures with the Q7 2015. For a start, the SUV is com­par­a­tively lighter than the orig­i­nal Q7. By some mir­a­cle of sci­ence, Audi man­aged to shave off 325kg from the en­tire car (roughly the weight of a small grand pi­ano, or a buf­falo that just hit pu­berty), and give it an en­gine that is able to churn out 333bhp, and ap­prox­i­mately 440nm of torque. To put that in speed terms, that's enough power to bring the car from zero to 100km/h in a mere 6.3 sec­onds. While that may not be as fast as other cars in the mar­ket, bear in mind that go­ing from zero to 100 in a ve­hi­cle that is es­sen­tially a fam­ily car is al­ready fast enough.

For the more soft­ware and tech­no­log­i­cally in­clined, what makes this SUV all the more worth­while to own is its elec­tron­ics and in-car en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. The en­tire SUV is fit­ted with an all-new Bose 3D Sound Sys­tem that in­cludes 19 built-in speak­ers with a to­tal out­put of 558W.

But to us, the cherry on the sun­dae for all the elec­tron­ics in the car would have to be Audi's new Vir­tual Cock­pit, which re­places the reg­u­lar dash­board. It runs off NVIDIA's Te­gra CX cock­pit plat­form, which in turn is pow­ered by NVIDIA's own Te­gra X1 su­per­com­puter. Sadly, the Q7 2015 doesn't come with the Te­gra PX sys­tem built into it, and the ex­pla­na­tion for its ab­sence is quite ex­pected: due to the con­stant state of re­pairs that Malaysia is (in)fa­mous for, Audi said that it would be dif­fi­cult for a Te­gra PX sys­tem to ac­cu­rately guide the new Q7 through traf­fic with­out ac­tu­ally caus­ing an ac­ci­dent.

The Audi Q7 2015 is cur­rently avail­able at all au­tho­rized Audi show­rooms and car deal­ers, and is cur­rently be­ing sold at an RRP of RM589,000 (GST in­cluded for the 3.0 TFSI model only). Ea­ger own­ers will also only be able to pur­chase a CBU (Com­pletely Built Up) variant of the Q7 2015.

Immo Buschmann, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Audi Malaysia, stand­ing be­side the new Q7 2015.

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