BORN OUT OF NECESSITY
Audi officially launched the Q7 2015 in Malaysia.
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.