Q7 with a lot less weight
Beautifully laid out and functional dashboard, the Q7 exudes class
A DECADE after the launch of the 1st Generation model, Audi Mzansi has launched the advance 2nd Generation Audi Q7.
Known for evolutionary design changes, Audi has gone for a toned design for the Q7 in what Audi SA notes as intentionally giving the Q7 a subtle, classy and sophisticated look.
Up front the single-frame 3D grille dominates with standard Xenon lights on either side (LED/Matrix LED optional) and LED daytime lights. On the sides there are blister lines that segment the side infused with bulged wheelarches that pay homage to classic Audi Quattro models and there is a variety of 18-inch to 21-inch wheels.
At the back the LED rear lights take pride of place whilst the bumper integrated twin exhausts sit on either side of the diffuser.
The Q7 does convey a classy rather than “look at me, I’m loud” attitude. The interior is typical Audi in using high grade materials fused with luxury.
From the leather-suede combination electric seats, to the 12,3-inch TFT MMI pop up screen, to the beautifully laid out and functional dashboard, the Q7 exudes class.
A five-seat layout is standard with the option of a third row seat for an additional two passengers (third row seat raised/lowered electrically).
For rear entertainment, there is an optional Audi tablet that is mounted behind the front headrests (connected to MMI via WiFi) that plays DVDs and can also be used like normal tablets (Apps, eBooks, Internet, Skype and office applications).
In-car entertainment is catered for by a Bose system or Bang and Olufsen with multi speakers (even on A-pillars). MMI touch and Navigation Plus allows easy operation of the infotainment system.
At launch the Q7 will come with a 183 kW/600 Nm three-litre V6 TDI claimed to sprint the Q7 from 0-100 km/h in 6,3 seconds, topping at 234 km/h while consuming 5,7l/100 km. In January 2016, a 185 kW/370 Nm two-litre TFSI engine will join the local line-up. Quattro all-wheel-drive comes standard linked to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox.
The air-suspension shod Q7 allows raising of the ride height for off-road driving while the drive-select allows different settings for the drivetrain, gearbox, suspension.
Lightweight is the main talking point of the new Q7 as it has shed up to 325 kg compared to the previous model.
The Q7 comes with a multitude of driver assistance/convenience systems including Trailer Assist (auto parking of vehicle towing a trailer), traffic jam assist, active lane assist, rear cross traffic assist and others that ensure the Q7 ownership experience is safe, convenient and functional.
On the 3.0 TDI, there is a list of standard features:
• Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
• 18-inch alloy wheels
• Xenon plus headlights
• Keyless start
• Audi drive select
• Audi music interface with USB
• Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
• Partial leather upholstery
• Electrically operated tailgate
• Front and rear PDC
• Reverse camera
• Leather-trimmed, 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel Plus with shift paddles
• Cruise control system
• Two-zone digital air con
• LED interior lighting
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic R924 000, including a fiveyear/100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan, available. • Catch Sibonelo Myeni on Ukhozi FM on Thursday mornings.
For R924 000, the Q7 promises to take its owner everywhere.