The Q7 was previously known as a big and not really efficient SUV which was perfect for a family thanks to the comfort it offered. However, things change over time so the 2016 Audi Q7 is going to be a completely different car, which is most likely going to become the best SUV in its class. Why are we saying that? Well, because Audi is finally going to move their flagship SUV to the new modular platform from the VW group, making the new model lighter, easier to manufacture, as well as a lot better on-road and off it.
Exterior and Interior Design
The new platform isn’t the only upgrade for the 2016 Audi Q7, but it is also going to get new engines as well as an improved running gear, both of which are going to finally make it a driver’s car. Besides the new platform, the biggest change is going to be the aluminum body. Most of the panels are going to be made out of aluminum to save weight, but Audi will still use steel in certain key areas of the car. The suspension system will also ditch the old air-ride system for a more conventional one which saves around 300 pounds. It is a lot easier to maintain and a lot more comfortable than before.
The outside of the 2016 Audi Q7 on the other hand is going to borrow heavily from the Crosslane Coupe, meaning it will get the same front grille as well as a very similar set of headlights to that car. However, the back will receive a major restyling which will bring it closer to what the new Q5 looks. The end result should be a more balanced car which doesn’t look like a van but more like a proper SUV.
On the interior most of the elements are going to come from cars such as the A6 or even the A8, while the finishing touches are going to be unique to it. The steering wheel and the infotainment system are going to be quite similar to what the A8 has, while the seats and the materials are going to be identical to those inside the A6. The base model will come with a lot of equipment which is going to include satellite navigation and radio, leather upholstery, a sunroof and even a great infotainment system which is going to use brand-new Android Auto based system.
Engines, Specs, Performance
While they initially said that the new model was going to get all new engines, they changed their mind about the 2016 Audi Q7, so it will now get a carried over engine as the base unit, the supercharged 3L 333-HP V-6, producing 325 lb-ft of twist. However, there are going to be two new engines, a petrol and diesel. The 2-liter inline-4 petrol unit is going to be good for up to 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel will offer 272 horsepower and 443 pound-feet, which is a massive amount for any road car. All of these are going to be offered only with Audi’s improved 8-speed automatic, which should offer a much better feedback while being easier to use as well as their well known quattro AWD system as standard. A front-wheel drive version has been rumored but it won’t come any time soon.
2016 Audi Q7 Release Date, Price
As for the release date, the crossover SUV has been presented at the Detroit Motor Show back in January 2015, but the 2016 Audi Q7 is not going to hit the showrooms until the end of the year, meaning that Audi still has a few updates to do until then. The price won’t change all that much, so expect the base car to cost no more than 50.000 dollars.
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