The Audi Q7 has recently received an update the SUV now features the new design of the greater Audi Q family now with a large octagon-shaped grille. On the restyled rear, a striking chrome strip creates the visual connection between the flat rear lights and carries forward the horizontal body line. The Audi Q7 is even more striking in the S line model with enhanced exterior accents: A blade in the front bumper, radiator grille in titanium black with vertical slats in aluminium sliver matte, sportily accentuated underbody protection at the rear along with full paint finish, high gloss package, roof rails in aluminium and 20-inch wheels which come standard.
Sporty on road, powerful off: the suspension
New all‑wheel steering allows the rear wheels to turn as much as five degrees in the opposite direction and is available in conjunction with optional adaptive air suspension. It also provides variable ground clearance and prepares the Audi Q7 with its standard quattro drive for terrain off the beaten track. The relevant off-road mode can be selected via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system with its seven profiles.
There is one diesel engine in the local model range line up. It is coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic and permanent all‑wheel drive. The Audi Q7 45 TDI quattro tiptronic produces 183 kW of power and 600 Nm of torque. It accelerates the large SUV from a standstill to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 225 km/h.
High-end connectivity: Audi connect
The standard MMI navigation plus delivers top-of-the-line connectivity. It features an embedded SIM, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio. The latter ranges from online traffic information, point of interest search, navigation with Google Earth and live weather updates. The Audi connect functionality also includes Car2X services which consists of standard safety and service features in the event of damage, breakdown or minor accidents. This functionality (through a built-in emergency button in the vehicle’s roof module) allows an emergency safety or service call to an Audi call centre to support in any event. Additional functionality, accessible through the MyAudi application, includes remote functions that network the new Audi Q7 with the driver’s smartphone. This includes car finder, remote lock/unlocking, speed and theft alerts, to mention a few. The all-digital and standard Audi virtual cockpit Plus – and the optional head-up display – provide an enhanced digitalised cabin environment.
Local packages: offering simplicity
The new Audi Q7 will offer the package concept as introduced on other new models launched in South Africa. The concept aims to reduce complexity when ordering a new vehicle, considering that a customer is generally faced with a long list of options to choose from. It classifies key options according to a specific customer need and offers a straight-forward value proposition that is easy for a customer to understand. These packages have been defined by a combination of customer preferences as well as strategic options which aim to highlight the vehicle’s uniqueness.
The packages include:
- Black styling
- S line interior
The model range is priced as follows:
- Audi Q7 45 TDI quattro tiptronic R 1,328,500
- Audi Q7 45 TDI quattro S line tiptronic R 1,388,500
Both models come standard with the 5 year / 100 000km Audi Freeway plan