Weeks after being web released and weeks away from its global premiere at the Detroit Motor Show early next year, the 2016 All-New Audi Q7 luxury crossover has already landed onto Indian shores. A test mule of the luxury crossover was spotted on Indian roads, and the characteristic Matrix headlamps and the squarer LED tail lamps have let the cat out of the bag, confirming that the test mule under all that camouflage is indeed a 2016 Q7. The camouflaging is minimal, suggesting that the luxury crossover may not be too far away from an Indian debut.
Audi India has recently imported 7 units of the 3 liter-V6 TDI turbo diesel engined Q7 luxury crossovers. These crossovers could be used for homologation purposes and to serve as customer preview models. The 2016 Q7’s big volume TDI turbo diesel engined variant – like its predecessor – will be assembled in India, at Audi’s Aurangabad assembly facility that the German luxury car maker shares with Volkswagen group’s Skoda. Expect a launch in India during the first half of the year now that the test mules have already landed into the country.
Though the next-generation 2016 Audi Q7 is more compact and squat than the outgoing version, it it offers more interior room. Weightier matters though, involve the luxury crossover’s construction. An extensive use of aluminium has seen the 2016 Q7’s weight getting shaved off by a full 325 kilograms. While the lower weight will give the 2016 A7 better pep and fuel efficiency, it will also do its bit to cut down on tail pipe emissions. The luxury crossover that plays host to 7 seats comes with a plethora of new features.
The luxury crossover sold in India will have a 3 liter, V6 turbo diesel engine as its staple motor. This engine, which makes 272 Bhp-600 Nm, will be mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox. A Quattro all wheel drive system, a signature Audi feature, will be standard on the diesel powered Q7. While petrol and diesel-hybrid versions of the 2016 Audi Q7 are offered internationally, India is likely to make do with diesel power given the nature of demand here. The 2016 Audi Q7 is based on the second generation MLB platform.