India-bound 2016 Audi Q7 Luxury Crossover – First Video Released

Days ago, the 2016 Audi Q7 luxury crossover made its web debut. While the luxury crossover will make its presence felt at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show early next year, Audi has begun whetting appetites of buying prospects by releasing images and a host of details about the vehicle including engine options. The latest in the series of marketing materials is this video of the 2016 Q7. Here, take a watch.

The Q7 is Audi’s flagship luxury crossover and the 2016 model will continue to the be the German brand’s flag bearer until the advent of the Q8. The 2016 Q7 is actually more compact than the outgoing model and is also much more lighter. Audi has shaved off a whopping 325 kilograms off the 2016 Q7, when compared with the outgoing model, through the extensive use of aluminium in the vehicle’s construction.

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This lower weight is an instant booster as far as performance and fuel efficiency are concerned while tail pipe emissions take a downward plunge. In terms of mechanicals, the 2016 Audi Q7 retains the 3.0 liter TDI turbo diesel (272 Bhp-600 Nm) and TFSI turbo petrol (333 Bhp-440 Nm) motors for its big selling variants while less powerful petrol and diesel motors are offered in variants designed for maximizing fuel efficiency. The Quattro all wheel drive layout is standard on the 3 liter petrol and turbo diesel motors while ground clearance is a hefty 235 mm.

The 3 liter TDI engine will be available with lower outputs of 218 Bhp-500 Nm and the 2 liter TFSI turbo petrol (252 Bhp-370 Nm)motor will also be added to the 2016 Q7 line up at a later stage. The luxury crossover also combines the 3.0 liter TDI V6 diesel engine with a electric motor to make for a diesel-electric hybrid. The diesel electric hybrid has combined power and torque figures of and 700 Nm.

The 2016 Audi Q7’s dimensions get smaller. The length gets shortened by 37 millimeters while the SUV is narrower by 15 millimeters. However, space on the inside has increased with a 21 millimeters extra room between the first and second rows of seats, and 41 mm and 23 mm bump ups in head room in the first and second rows. The Audi Q7 retains its 7 seat layout and comes with brand new interiors that feel more premium.

A bunch of new safety features and creature comforts also make it to the crossover. All wheel steering as an option, adaptive air suspension with 7 levels, the engines mounted 50 mm lower to reduce the center of gravity, a predictive efficiency assistant that charts out the most fuel efficient routes on the navigation panel, 4G LTE internet connectivity, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and a revamped MMI infotainment module are the various new features on the 2016 Audi Q7.

Audi will launch the 2016 Q7 crossover in India next year. The crossover will be assembled in India through the CKD (completely knocked down) kit route, at Audi’s Aurangabad assembly unit. The crossover is expected to command a starting price in excess of 60 lakh rupees. Competition for the Audi Q7 in India, includes the likes of the Mercedes Benz GL-Class and the BMW X5 luxury SUVs.

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