2016 Audi Q7 Redesigned: New Generation of Famous SUV
Audi has just revealed the redesigned 2016 Audi Q7 which should have its official world premiere at the upcoming SUV is coming with noticeable exterior changes, the biggest improvements aren’t immediately visible. The redesigned top-of-the-range SUV has a completely different basic architecture. Its platform is a variant of the new MLB Evo architecture which has great characteristics and saves a lot of weight. Thanks to the new platform and the other weight-saving improvements, the full-size SUV is significantly lighter. According to the latest announcements, the U.S.-spec 2016 Audi Q7 will have diverse engine options. It will come with a new base engine – a 2.0-liter TFSI – but there will also be a couple of V6 engines, one TDI and one TFSI. The forthcoming plug-in diesel hybrid won’t be released at the same time as the internal combustion versions, but it’s going to be available by the end of 2015. Although the exact release date isn’t known at the moment, it’s sure that the 2016 Audi Q7 will be available sometime 2015, probably by the middle of the year.
2016 Audi Q7 Redesign
The exterior redesign isn’t a big surprise. While the size of the luxury SUV has been slightly decreased, it’s hard to notice that due to the new design language. The second-generation Q7 is 1.5 inches shorter and 0.6 inches narrower than the predecessor. They took great care about the SUV’s appearance. It looks powerful, but smart, robust, but elegant. Thanks to the new MLB Evo platform and the other aluminum body parts – such as the hood, the front fenders and the doors – the 2016 Audi Q7 TDI is 716.5 pounds lighter. Of course, the TFSI options’ weight has been decreased, too, but we took the TDI as an example.
The overall style of the 2016 Audi Q7 hasn’t diverged from the brand’s design language and the predecessor’s heritage. New clean lines and wagon-ish body shape make the SUV look tamed and elegant. The front fascia got a new large grille which makes the Q7 look very powerful.
Interior and Technology
In spite of the size decrease, the interior of the 2016 Q7 is, actually, more comfortable than before. The seven-seater (available with five-seat configuration) has a new modern dashboard with clean surfaces and luxury feel. It’s equipped with the new MMI interface displayed on the big touchscreen with haptic feedback. The advanced infotainment system provides a variety of very useful options. The 2016 Audi Q7 now comes with improved voice recognition system which doesn’t require sticking to preset phrases anymore, since it’s intuitive and intelligent. Needless to say, the SUV has great smartphone connectivity.
As every other luxury SUV, the 2016 Q7 is coming with various driver assistance systems. But, probably the most attractive is the new adaptive cruise control which has a traffic-jam assist function. With this feature enabled, the driver can relax because the SUV will autonomously move.
2016 Audi Q7 Engine Options
There are three engine options available, as we already said. The entry version is the aforementioned 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine which delivers 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The U.S.-spec 2016 Audi Q7 will also get a 3.0-liter V6 TDI good for 272 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter V6 TFSI gasoline mill is able to generate 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of twist.
S-tronic Transmission and Quattro AWD System
All engine options will be paired with an eight-speed S-tronic automatic transmission which will transmit the power to the all wheels, since the 2016 Audi Q7 has standard Quattro all-wheel drive as always. But still, there’s something new. The SUV is equipped with a new all-wheel steering system. Thanks to this system, the maneuverability of the 2016 Q7 is significantly improved at lower speeds. The new feature also has a purpose at higher speeds, where it’s used to improve the SUV’s stability.
2016 Audi Q7 Premiere and Release
After the premiere at the 2015 NAIAS this January, we will have to wait a bit until they release the 2016 Audi Q7. The pricing for the U.S.-spec model hasn’t been announced yet.