The 2015 Audi Q7 has finally been unveiled and is bound to show up in public in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Compared to its predecessor it has lost up to 325 kg and the lightest version now tips the scales at 1,995 kg with the 3.0 TDI engine. It can be had with a choice of xenon, LED or more expensive matrix LED headlights while the high-end trims come with dynamic turn signals housed within the LED taillights. Audi says their new flagship SUV has a 0.32 drag coefficient and it’s around 26 percent more efficient.
The 2015 Audi Q7 is 37mm shorter & 15mm narrower than the model it replaces but even so on the inside it’s actually more spacious as there is an additional 21mm between the first two rows of seats. It also boasts an extra 41mm front headroom and 23mm more rear headroom inside where we notice the implementation of the Audi virtual cockpit from the TT.
The vehicle has also gained the latest MMI infotainment system with a bigger touchpad, support for Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Bose as well as Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available, with the latter featuring a 1,920-watt power coming from a whopping 23 speakers.
Under the hood there’s a 3.0 TDI with 218 HP & 500 Nm and 272 HP & 600 Nm while the 3.0 TFSI is good enough for 333 HP & 440 Nm. A lesser 2.0 TFSI will be available in select markets where it will produce 252 HP & 370 Nm.
The 2015 Audi Q7 is also getting an e-tron plug-in hybrid version using a turbodiesel engine and an electric motor granting a combined output of 373 HP & 700 Nm. This one has a fuel consumption of 1.7 liters / 100 km and emits just 50 g/km of CO2. It can also be driven on electric power for up to 34.8 miles (56 km) before the lithium-ion battery pack runs out of juice.