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New Audi Q7 revealed

2015 Audi Q7
2015 Audi Q7

Second-gen Audi Q7 luxury SUV to debut in Detroit. 

Audi has revealed its all-new second-generation Q7 flagship SUV ahead of the model’s public debut at next month’s Detroit motor show.

The new model is smaller, less flabby, and significantly more fuel efficient than the outgoing Q7 which has been doing the school run for around eight years.

The exterior design of the new Q7 is altogether more aggressive than the outgoing model which features much softer and rounder lines. With sharp, square lines and a new three dimensional grille similar to that adopted by the new Q3 range the new model certainly looks more sporting than before.

Weighing up to 325kg less than the car it replaces, the new Q7 features an aluminum intensive body structure with lightweight components used throughout, so should also be more dynamically capable than before.

2015 Audi Q7
2015 Audi Q7

The second-gen Q7 is also 37mm shorter in length and 15mm narrower with a 10mm shorter wheelbase compared to the current model, though Audi claim interior space has actually increased with more head and leg room for first and second row occupants. The new model will still be offered in 7-seater form.

Inside, the new flagship SUV has been fitted with a fresh and futuristic dashboard design fitted with Audi’s new digital instrument display, as well as Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto systems.

Initial engine options will include a 3.0-litre diesel V6 with 268hp which is said to be around 23 per cent more efficient than before and capable of hitting 62mph in 6.3 seconds.

2015 Audi Q7
2015 Audi Q7

A 328hp supercharged petrol V6 will also be available and can hit 62mph in 6.1 seconds.

All models feature and eights-speed automatic gearbox connected to a Quattro all-wheel drive with a 40:60 front-rear torque split.

Shortly after launch a plug-in hybrid model will arrive featuring a diesel engine and electric motor to give 369hp and around 166MPG with an all-electric driving range of around 35 miles.

Written by Lewis Shaw

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