Another fascinating luxury SUV that stepped out of the gates of Audi few years back was the Audi Q7. Unveiled for the first time in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the production of the Q7 began in 2006. It was launched in India in 2006 as well, and then there was an updated version that was re launched in 2010.
The Q7 like its younger siblings looks robust and impressive with a dynamically carved out structure and impressive finishes. With a sturdy high V shaped bonnet and the proud headlamps (with daytime running LED strips), it oozes out a majestic appeal all the way. A ravishing grille with the ‘Audi’ signature is pride personified. The interiors have to be spacious, comfortable and are done up in plush leather. Various gadgets with beautiful chrome finishing are distributed evenly inside the car to render it a smooth design. With a good driveability and sustained handling, this SUV offers a considerable lot.
The Audi Q7 comes in three brawny variants to choose from:
• Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro: V6 cylinder diesel engine with common rail injection system and exhaust gas turbocharger. This engine produces a power of 180 Kw @ 3800-4400 rpm and a torque of 550 Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm.
• Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro: V8 cylinder diesel engine with common rail injection system and exhaust gas turbocharger. This engine produces a power of 250 Kw @ 4000 rpm and a torque of 800 Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm.
• Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Quattro: V6 cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection. This engine produces a power of 245 Kw @ 5500-6500 rpm and a torque of 440 Nm @ 2900-5300 rpm.
All the above engines come in combination with an 8 speed Tiptronic transmission. They all come equipped with a huge fuel tank capacity of 100 litres each. As per Audi’s claims, while the fuel consumption of the 3.0 TDI is 12.07 kms/litre; for the 4.2 TDI, it is 10.87 kms/litre and for the 3.0 TFSI, it is 8.62 kms/litre.
The Audi Q7 imbibes a lot of smart technology that not only makes it performance driven but also eco friendly. For example: the ‘Start/Stop’ system that automatically shuts the engine if the car is halting, say at a traffic signal and then it is started again by the mere release of the footbrake. This cuts down CO2 emissions and also helps in fuel efficiency. Also, with a process called ‘Recuperation’, increasing the generator voltage helps in converting kinetic energy into usable electric energy when the vehicle is braking. This energy assists the generator during subsequent acceleration, saving fuel.
The Audi Q7 is available in a lot of colours Ice Silver, Garnet Red, Lava Grey, Night Black, Teak Brown, Ibis White, Bahia Beige and Orca Black. The Audi Q7 is priced between 56.25 lakhs and 76.33 lakhs (Ex showroom price- Delhi) depending upon the choice of the variant.
The Audi Q7 has also been a recipient of many prestigious awards all over. It received top honours at the L.A Auto Show in the Premium Midsize Utility Vehicle category. It was also voted top for CUV of the year (Crossover Utility Vehicle of the year) in the Culturemap Auto Awards (2012).
The Audi Q7 is a complete car for those who are truly passionate about SUV’s and like making a statement while being on the road... Because once this beast is out there, it is difficult to not take notice and gaze with awe.