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A closer look at the 2015 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro

Snapshot: Audi Forum Ingolstadt has published a short photo gallery with the brand new Q7 3.0 TDI quattro.

Audi Forum Ingolstadt has published a short photo gallery with the brand new Q7 3.0 TDI quattro.

Now in its second generation, the full-size SUV from Ingolstadt has lost a whopping 325 kg when configured with the 3.0 TDI engine which is now 26% more efficient than its predecessor. Some have criticized Audi’s designers for eliminating some of the distinctive SUV cues of the model and create the new Q7 with more design influences from the company’s allroad quattro cars.

Design aside, the second generation is actually 37 mm shorter and 15 mm narrower than the old model and the body has a drag coefficient of 0.32. The car illustrated in the attached gallery is on display at Audi Forum Ingolstadt in Germany with a black finish and the 3.0 TDI engine sending 272 PS and 600 Nm of torque to a quattro all-wheel drive system.

In this configuration, the overhauled Q7 needs a decent 6.3 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint and can top out at 234 km/h. Those who value fuel economy should know the model consumes only 5.7 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of 149 g/km. Later during the car’s lifecycle, a detuned version of the 3.0 TDI engine will join the range with 218 PS and 500 Nm and chances are this variant will be even more economical.

If diesels aren’t your cup of tea, Audi sells the Q7 also with a 3.0 TFSI rated at 333 PS and 440 Nm which is enough muscle for a sprint in 6.1 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed. Needless to say, its thirstier than the diesels but it still manages to provide some excellent fuel economy numbers by consuming only 7.7 liters / 100 km so CO2 emissions stand at 179 g/km.

There are also some sophisticated plug-in hybrid versions wearing the e-quattro badge and depending on region these can be had with a 3.0 TDI or a 2.0 TFSI engine working together with an electric motor. Moreover, United States and select Asian markets are also getting a lesser 2.0 TFSI engine with 252 PS and 370 Nm which will serve as the entry-level version.

Initially, the second generation Audi Q7 will go on sale in India this November as a fully-built unit imported from Slovakia where the model is assembled. Sometime next year, local production of the full-size SUV will commence at the company’s Aurangabad facility. Based on preliminary information, the India-spec Q7 will be offered with the aforementioned 272 PS 3.0 TDI engine teamed up with a quattro all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

We will have more details closer to the model’s launch.

Source: Audi Forum Ingolstadt

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