Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Lightweight Q7 adds agility

WITH the new Q7, Audi is setting standards in the premium SUV segment.

WITH the new Q7, Audi is setting standards in the premium SUV segment.

A lighter model, 325kg less and the low centre of mass make it extremely agile.

At the same time, it is the most spacious car in its segment. Although the exterior dimensions have been reduced, it offers substantially more interior room for passengers and luggage. Its innovative assistance and infotainment systems take the SUV to the front of the pack. The efficient engines consume 26 per cent less fuel on average.

With a kerb weight of 1,995kg (as 3.0 TDI), the new Audi Q7 is the lightest in its class. It weighs 325kg less than the previous model.

With its lightweight, multimaterial body and an all-new chassis, it is comfortable while at the same time offering the strong performance that is typical of Audi — and that with top-notch CO2 values. Audi engineers have reduced the fuel consumption of the Q7 TDI by as much as 23 per cent.

The engines set top marks in the segment of large SUVs with all-wheel drive. The first phase of UK-bound Q7 models will be powered by the latest incarnation of the 3.0 TDI engine with 272PS, which is capable of taking it from 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds.

The diesel V6 can return up to 47.8mpg in the Q7, corresponding to 153 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

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