The new Q7 is already burning up the sales charts in the Audi USA lineup!
Beset as the brand is with many woes at the moment, the SUV lineup is still a shining beacon of hope. And cash.
Lots of cash!
The new Q7 really leapfrogs its Touareg and Cayenne cousins for this generation. Where those two are the lightest of light facelifts for 2015’s refresh, the new Q7 is actually on an all-new chassis. It has lost over 700 pounnds as a result of this advanced-alloy unibody, and is also in prime position for hybrid and e-tron PHEV models in the near future.
Just one engine in the USA launch range: the 333HP supercharged V6 through an eight-speed automatic. Quattro appears to be standard.
The big drop in mass corresponds to much quicker sprint pace. Even with this fairly humdrum V6 3.0 TFSI motor, the new Q7 has an official 5.7-second time for the 60-mph sprint. That is about a second quicker than the previous model with the same engine.
We have explored the AudiUSA.com options, colors and cabins on your behalf. All colors of the exterior and interior are featured below. We fell in love with the Cedar brown leather shade for the interior, which brings along 18-way power seats for its $6000 ‘Luxury pack’ premium. That also bundles cooled/heated seats, valcona leather and massage functions for sore lumbar regions.
The exterior of our build sticks with the third, and newest, shade of white: a creamy tone called Taffeta. Who knows. We’d probably pick Summit white or Orca black if this were a real build.
The bright blue seen on Euro-spec Q7s does not appear to have made the jump across the ocean. Unless ‘Ink Blue’ on our visualizer just looks so much darker than the pre-sale images? Unclear.
Pricing is fairly friendly: $55k to start and up to a $65k base for the Prestige trimline. Our build totalled $77k, which is steep for any V6 truck… but is decent value for all that the new Q7 offers.
Must-have options? There are a few!
— the black alcantara headliner, which is a no-cost option on the Prestige model. Check the box.
— adaptive chassis package ($4000): includes four-wheel steering and air suspension. A definite must for delivering better cornering agility, ride height selections and a super-posh Comfort setting for those air springs on the highway. Yes.
The look of the Q7 in the USA is also vastly more promising than seeing it in Euro environs. First off, the USA trucks have tinted privacy glass that the EU photo cars lack — and look silly without.
Secondly, you can really get a sense of how chic and new the Q7 will look on our roads. LEDs blazing, there will be few cooler SUVs to show/tell this year.
The new Q7 is at showrooms now nationwide, but selling rapidly. They are likely to let you drive their demo model and then order your own, with delivery in about 8 weeks. A few lucky souls might be able to buy one off the floor… but demand is strong and discounts infrequent.
Overall, however, the new Q7 feels like a winner — for owners and Audi alike.
2017 Audi Q7 – PRICING
- Premium — Starting at $54,800
- Premium Plus — Starting at $58,800
- Prestige — Starting at $64,300
2017 Audi Q7 Visualizer – Wheels
Packages & options
Engineering | Performance
Engine type Six-cylinder
Displacement (cc)/Bore and stroke (mm) 2,995/84.5 x 89.0
Horsepower (@ rpm) 333 @ 5,500-6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 325 @ 2,900-5,300
Engine block Aluminum-alloy
Cylinder head Aluminum-alloy
Valvetrain 24-Valve DOHC
Induction/fuel injection Supercharged/TFSI®
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph) 5.7 sec.
Top track speed 130 mph 9
Towing capacity (lb) 7,700 with available Towing package
Battery 12 Volts – 75 amp
Alternator 14 Volts – 120-180 amp
Transmission | Drivetrain
Transmission Eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive
Gear ratios: 1st 4.714
Gear ratios: 2nd 3.143
Gear ratios: 3rd 2.106
Gear ratios: 4th 1.667
Gear ratios: 5th 1.285
Gear ratios: 6th 1.000
Gear ratios: 7th 0.839
Gear ratios: 8th 0.667
Gear ratios: Reverse 3.317
Gear ratios: Final Drive 3.204
Type Electromechanical power steering system
Turning diameter (curb-to-curb) (ft) 40.7
Front Five-link independent front suspension
Rear Five-link independent rear suspension
Front (in) 14.8 (ventilated disc)
Rear (in) 13.8 (ventilated disc)
Material ultra® lightweight technology – multi-material body construction
Warranty | Maintenance
Warranty 4-Year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty
Maintenance 12-Month/5,000 mile (whichever occurs first) NO CHARGE first scheduled maintenance
Wheelbase (in) 117.9
Length (in) 199.6
Height (in) 68.5
Overall width with mirrors (in) 87.1
Overall width without mirrors (in) 77.5
Track front (in) 66.1
Track rear (in) 66.6
Curb weight (lb) 4,938
Ground clearance, loaded (in) .32
Head room with sunroof (in, front) 38.4
Head room with sunroof (in, middle) 38.8
Head room with sunroof (in, rear) 35.9
Leg room (in, front) 41.7
Leg room (in, middle) 38.8
Leg room (in, rear) 29.2
Shoulder room (in, front) 59.5
Shoulder room (in, middle) 58.5
Shoulder room (in, rear) 49.4
Cargo volume (cu ft, cu ft, rear seatbacks up/folded) 14.8/37.5/71.6 (behind third row/behind second row/behind first row)
Seating capacity 7
EPA Estimates | Capacities
City 19 mpg 10
Highway 25 mpg 10
Combined 21 mpg 10
Engine oil (qt) 7.3
Fuel (gal) 22.5
Recommended fuel Premium
Emissions rating ULEV 125
2017 Audi Q7 – Euro-spec
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