The current Audi Q7 was unveiled back in January and already Audi are improving the car with the addition of a new engine and further refinement to the range.
The new engine that is available is a 215hp version of the 3.0L V6 TDI engine that does 0-62mph in 7.3s, tops out at 134mph and returns 49.6mpg combined.
Audi have made the new engine available in both SE and S line specification alongside the current 268hp model.
The new Audi Q7 shaved a huge 325kg in weight in comparison to the previous generation as Audi re-engineered the Q7 to allow maximum efficiency and with this new engine addition the seven-seat Q7 certainly does that. Weight trimmings came from a multimaterial body which is 71kg lighter than its predecessor, all-aluminium doors which are 24kg lighter and the new five-link suspension which takes off 67kg.
In addition to the new engine Audi have also added some further refinement to the Q7 range. The first addition is a free optional extra to have adaptive air suspension on your Audi Q7 which was previously available only as part of the Dynamic Pack but can now also be ordered as a standalone option for free. A very kind gesture from Audi.
Another innovation which is available for the Audi Q7 (albeit this option isn’t free) is all-wheel-steering. The all-wheel-steering tech is a first in the SUV segment.
At low speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions, reducing the turning circle by up to one metre for easier manoeuvrability. At higher speeds the rear wheels turn with the front by to enhance steering response and improve stability.
Other features across the Audi Q7 range include Audi Entertainment Mobile, which includes two detachable 10.1-inch high definition touch screens which can be attached to back of the front seats. These can stream content from iPhone or Android smartphones via the Audi app, the integrated SD card reader, USB, WiFi or Bluetooth.
The new 215hp Audi Q7 is available to order now with SE and S line trims priced at £47,755 OTR and £51,250 OTR. First UK deliveries will be in October.
By James Fothergill