The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV of the German manufacturer Audi, unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Q7 began in autumn of 2005 at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2006. Later, Audi’s second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model. Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Q3, which went on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2011. The Q7 shares its platform and chassis with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne.
First generation 2005–2015
The Q7 (internally designated Typ 4L) utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Previewed by the Audi Pikes Peak quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not meant for serious off-road use where a transfer case is needed. Although it lacks a low-range transfer case, it has quattro permanent four-wheel drive system with a central locking differential, and a self-levelling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control, called Adaptive air suspension, which helps in off road situations.
Development began in 2002 under the code AU 716, primarily focused on the Pikes Peak Concept. Design work was frozen for the Concept in July 2002, for presentation at the North American International Auto Show in January 2003. Following the introduction of the concept, full-scale development began on Typ 4L of the PL71 platform. The production design was frozen in late 2003, for a late 2005 start of production. Prototypes went into testing in 2004, with development concluding in the first half of 2005. It introduced the world’s only series production passenger car V12 TDI diesel engine. While the Q7 has been the flagship SUV in Audi’s product portfolio, a new top-of-the-line model, which is likely to be called the Audi Q8, is on the cards. It debuted in its concept form at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Q7 hybrid (2005)
The Q7 hybrid was a concept vehicle using the engine from the 4.2 FSI with an electric motor to provide 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) extra torque, and nickel-metal hydride battery. It has 0–100 km/h acceleration of 6.8s. The vehicle weighs 2,410 kg (5,310 lb), 140 kg (310 lb) heavier than the petrol counterpart.
Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel (2009)
The Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel is a version of 3.0 V6 TDI with selective catalytic reduction. The engine was later used in the next generation of the Q7 for the European market. The 3.0-litre TDI S line can go from 0–60 mph in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 134 mph. US models of the 2009 Audi Q7 TDI Premium went on sale in 2009-04 with a base MSRP of $50,900 (excluding a destination charge of $825, taxes, title or dealer charges).
Q7 4.2 TDI (2007–2009)
The vehicle was unveiled in 2007 Geneva Motor Show. Production version went on sale in early summer 2007.
Q7 V12 TDI (2008–2012)
The V12 TDI engine was “based” on the diesel technology from Audi R10 TDI race car, though both engines are completely unrelated: the bore / stroke / angle of the blocks are different and they do not share a single component . The only twelve-cylinder diesel engine used in any passenger car, it was rated at 500 PS (370 kW; 490 hp) and 1,000 N·m (740 lb·ft). This gives the vehicle a 0–100 km/h acceleration time of 5.5 seconds. The Q7 V12 TDI is, according to Audi, the best handling Q7 due to a revised suspension, tires and brakes.
Audi claims the Q7 V12 TDI can handle a lateral acceleration of over .9 g on a 300-foot (91 m) skid-pad. The concept vehicle originally appeared at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Audi had announced V12 diesel version for the US market using diesel emission treatment technology jointly developed with Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz under the label “BlueTec”. Audi cancelled the plan to federalize the Q7 V12 TDI for the US market due in part to the global financial crisis of 2008. This V12 version is no longer available for the model year 2013 in anticipation of the cosmetic and mechanical update of Q7 for 2014. The auto listing websites, mobile.de and autoscout24.de, have shown the 2012 model year availability of V12 version.
Second generation 2015
The second generation Audi Q7 was unveiled in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The diesel- and petrol-powered versions were released for retail sales in 2015, followed shortly by diesel-powered plug-in hybrid variant, which is sold in Europe and will be available in the U.S. The plug-in hybrid, called the Q7 e-tron TDI Quattro, is powered by a 3.0TDI V6 diesel engine with exhaust turbocharger mated with two electric motors, one placed in the gearbox, and the other on the rear axle to provide a maximum output power of 190 kW (250 hp) and a maximum torque of 600 nm, four-wheel drive.
The motors are powered by 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery capable of delivering an all-electric range of 54 to 56 km (34 to 35 mi). The Q7 e-tron produces CO2 emissions between 50 and 48 g/km, and has a fuel consumption of 1.8 to 1.9 l/100 km (160 to 150 mpg‑imp; 130 to 120 mpg‑US) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The Q7 e-tron accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.2 seconds in hybrid mode, and zero to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) in 6.5 seconds in all-electric mode. Its top speed in hybrid mode is 230 km/h (140 mph) and 135 km/h (84 mph) in electric mode.
Audi announced a Q7 e-tron TFSI at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, developed specially for Asian markets (China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan). Its 2.0 TFSI and electric motor deliver 270 kW (367 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds and for a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph). The standard consumption of 2.5 liters of fuel (94.1 US mpg) corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per kilometer (96.6 g/mi).
All-electric range will be up to 53 km (33 mi). The Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI (1984 cc, 185 kW / 252 hp) is also available in the Russian market. The first units of the diesel-powered Audi Q7 e-tron were registered in Germany in April 2015. Cumulative sales of the plug-in hybrid in Germany totaled 344 units through April 2016.