Q7 Audi

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Audi is hop­ing news of mas­sive weight re­duc­tion in the all-new will be mu­sic to po­ten­tial buy­ers’ ears. In fact, with a kerb weight of 1,995kg, the new Q7 3.0 TDI has shed 325kg – equiv­a­lent to a grand pi­ano.

The weight re­duc­tion has been achieved mainly through in­no­va­tive use of ma­te­ri­als. A “mul­ti­ma­te­rial” de­sign for the body has alone shed 71kg. High-strength steel is used for the pas­sen­ger cell, while alu­minium cast­ings are used in the front and rear of the ve­hi­cle, as well as the su­per­struc­ture. Al­loy forms over 40 per cent of the body. In­side, the Q7 em­braces the Audi Vir­tual Cock­pit con­cept al­ready seen on the TT sports car. The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion mod­u­lar in­fo­tain­ment plat­form fea­tures a large touch­pad and can also in­clude a be­spoke tablet for rear-seat oc­cu­pants. The new plat­form al­lows for a greatly ex­panded range of driver-as­sis­tance sys­tems, in­clud­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol with traf­fic jam as­sis­tant. The slimmed-down Q7 is slightly smaller on the out­side but of­fers even more space for pas­sen­gers and lug­gage on the in­side. Lighter weight con­trib­utes to a 26 per cent im­prove­ment in fuel econ­omy for the TDI model, but the ul­ti­mate in ef­fi­ciency will come later with the Q7 e-tron qu­at­tro, the first plug-in hy­brid from Audi with a diesel en­gine. A full charge takes it nearly 60km, yet com­bined sys­tem out­put is a healthy 700Nm for high-per­for­mance driv­ing when re­quired.

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