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2016 Audi Q7 specs, features unveiled; gets diesel plug-in hybrid variant

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New Audi Q7 adopts the company’s latest design protocols, to present a sharper and more voguish product that materialises the brand’s achievement in the league of full-size SUVs. Almost every part of the new flagship bears some changes compared to the outgoing model’s, ensuring full-fledged model update and fresh appeal.

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Second generation Audi Q7 is based on MLB Evo muli-material platform. It has shed 325 kg compared to outgoing model.

The characteristic feature of an Audi, the chrome front grille, is updated from quadrilateral to hexagonal design, and prominency is shifted from vertical slats to horizontal in the new mesh layout. Flanked LED headlamps are made very sleek, adding to aggression with extra pinch of elegance. Equally importantly, new design has lowered the bonnet height from ground, making the snout smarter, while outgoing model will be the last to carry highly massive / bold appeal.

The upgraded flagship SUV form Audi has better pronounced body, shoulder lines, and flared wheel arches too, ensuring that the new model looks younger and more agile. Rear fascia looks a bit flattened, with redesigned tail gate impressions and new inverted-trapezoidal tail lamps with sporty detailing. Exhaust pipes are made quadrilateral, replacing the circular design in existing model.

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The interiors of next gen Q7 receives a major makeover.

Interior of 2016 Audi Q7is also completely revamped. It gets new Volkswagen Passat styled dashboard layout, especially the end to end straight trim with well concealed Air-con vents. Steering wheel is way more racy in new Audi Q7 and overall equipment placement and parameters have changed for the better. Some of the features in new Q7 include new MMI all-in-touch control system with large touchpad, 3D audio facility, Audi tablet for rear seat occupants, Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, and the like.

New Audi Q7 gets a list of engine options, that includes a 3.0 litre TDI engine producing 272 hp max power and 600 Nm peak torque, a 3.0 litre TFSI motor churning out 333 hp and 440 Nm, and a future variant Q7 e-tron quattro propelled by a 3.0 litre diesel engine in conjunction with an electric motor. Latter is capable of dishing out 373 hp max power and 700 Nm peak torque; mated to 8-speed tip-tronic transmission.

First two engines help 2016 Audi Q7 to achieve 0 to 100 kmph acceleration in 6.3 seconds and 6.1 seconds, while claiming top speed of 234 kmph and 250 kmph respectively.