Q7 with a lot less weight

Beau­ti­fully laid out and func­tional dash­board, the Q7 ex­udes class

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - SIBONELO MYENI

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

Pric­ing:

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.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

For R924 000, the Q7 prom­ises to take its owner ev­ery­where.

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