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2016 Audi Q7

Audi and parent company Volkswagen have been burning up auto shows lately on their quest to become the number one automaker in the world. At each show, the company raises the bar slightly higher, and the upcoming North American auto shows are no exception. The new Audi Q7 is about to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show, and it is going to have a lot of surprises.

The 2016 is definitely an improvement on the 2015. It is lighter, more powerful, and definitely more efficient thanks to a plug-in diesel hybrid variant. It weighs 717 pounds less than the 2015 thanks to the use of some carbon fibre, aluminum and high-strength steel; and remains the roomiest in it's class.

Depending on the engine, it will be either 28 percent more efficient, as in the TFSI, or 23 percent more efficient, as in the TDI model.

The 2016 Audi Q7 is also going to be the most powerful four-wheel drive SUV available. The 3.0-litre TFSI delivers a healthy 328 horsepower, and the 3.0-litre TDI brings 268 hp to the table. Not impressed? Try the 500 lb-ft of torque produced by the plug-in diesel hybrid version. Yes, we used 500 pounds of torque in the same sentence as the words plug-in hybrid.

The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro will follow soon after, bringing with it 369 horses and 516 lb-ft of torque from the two motors. It will be four-wheel drive, and achieve an astounding 138 miles per gallon with a 35 mile range.

The base model of the Q7 will come with a downsized engine. Rather than the 3.0-litre V-6 found in the 2015 model, it will come equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Audi says that this smaller engine consumes about 26 percent less fuel, though this comes at the expense of 28 horsepower.

The 2016 Q7 is smaller than it's predecessor, but still manages to gain interior space for both passengers and in cargo areas. Head, shoulder and knee room has increased, and seats can be raised by as much as 4.3 inches.

It will be equipped with Audi's suite of technology, including driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistance, infotainment modules and connectivity features. Smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto is new for 2016. A heated windshield and a power cargo compartment cover will be available as options and the interior can be pre-cooled or pre-heated via an app.

Also new as an option on the 2016 is an air suspension with a 3.5 metric tonne towing capacity. A trailer assistant system helps to steer the trailer backwards, moving it exactly as the driver indicates through a rotary pushbutton.

The Q7 is Audi's largest SUV, rivalling competitors such as the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz' GL-Class. This is the first plug-in hybrid Audi with a diesel engine.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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