The second-generation Audi Q7 will arrive in Australia in September, priced from $103,900 plus on-roads and packed with sophisticated technology and more driver assistance systems.
“The all-new second-generation Q7 will take Audi’s reputation for cutting-edge engineering, exceptional quality and sophisticated technology a giant leap further,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
“The all-new Q7 is significantly lighter, which brings both efficiency and dynamic benefits. It incorporates the very latest technology, like the innovative virtual cockpit. But most importantly, it introduces key assistance systems like Traffic Jam Assist that will reduce the driver’s task on the long cross-country drives that the Q7 is so well-suited to.
“These new assistance systems have been extensively tested here in Australia and refined for local conditions by Audi engineers, so that we can ensure that our customers can enjoy the real-world benefits of the Q7’s sophisticated technology,” said Mr Doyle.
The Q7’s optional assistance package includes Active Lane Assist, which gently steers itself to guide the car in its own lane above 60km/h as a support to the driver.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go function and pre-sense front, as well as Traffic Jam assist, ease the driver’s task in freeway driving or in traffic, by autonomously accelerating, braking and steering the car under certain conditions.
The Collision Avoidance Assist system supports the driver if an obstacle has to be avoided. Using the video camera and radar sensor data, it instantaneously calculates a suitable track, taking into account distance, width and offset of the preceding vehicle. Its first action is a warning jolt to alert the driver about the danger. Once the driver begins steering, the system intervenes in the power steering with torque in order to guide the vehicle around the obstacle.
The Turn Assist system monitors oncoming traffic when turning right at low speeds. In a dangerous situation, it slows the Q7 to a halt. This intervention keeps the Audi Q7 within its own lane. The system is enabled at speeds of between two and 10km/h once the driver operates the turn signal to turn right.
Audi Pre-sense City (AEB), Side Assist and Rear Cross Traffic assist (which assists by alerting the driver of oncoming traffic when reversing out of a driveway onto a road, for example) are all standard on the new Audi Q7. The Exit Assist warning system warns the driver and passengers, should vehicles or bicycles approach from behind when the vehicles is stopped.
The new MMI all-in-touch control unit incorporates haptic feedback to enhance user interaction with the menu system, making operation even more intuitive. The virtual cockpit (plus retractable 8.3-inch centre screen) is standard, and Audi Connect functionality is also available as an option.
Also available for the new Q7 are Audi’s intelligent Matrix LED headlights, with dynamic rear indicators.
The new Audi Q7 is powered by a comprehensively updated 3.0 TDI V6 engine that produces 200kW and 600Nm, enabling it to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 5.9 litres per 100km – astonishing for a large vehicle of this type and some 20 percent lower than its predecessor.
An all-new drivetrain sits beneath the new Q7. A new quattro centre differential is integrated into the fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic, making the entire drivetrain 20kg lighter than its predecessor. Sophisticated vibration dampening solutions allow very low engine idle speeds of as little as 850rpm for maximum efficiency. The advanced start-stop system cuts the engine even before the car comes to a complete stop, when the required braking parameters are met.
The new Q7 is also available with all-wheel steering, which turns the rear wheels below 10km/h in order to reduce the turning circle for improved manoeuvrability. At high speeds, the same rear-wheel steering function is applied differently to increase cornering stability.