Audi's new Q7 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS, despite requirements being tightened for 2016.
To qualify, winners must earn "good" ratings in each of the IIHS' five crash-worthiness tests, the small overlap, moderate overlap, side and roof strength and head restraints tests, and to have an "advanced" or "superior" rating on front crash prevention system.
The German SUV did "good" in the five crashworthiness evaluations and scored a "superior" rating for front crash prevention, as the model has standard Audi pre sense city with automatic emergency braking, which can detect moving and stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, at speeds up to 52 mph (84 km/h) and initiate braking if potential collision is detected.
"This year’s Top Safety Pick+ award for the 2017 Q7 represents our brand’s longstanding commitment to bringing innovative technologies to the market.", said President Audi of America, Scott Keogh.
Audi offers the 2017 Q7 in the USA in three versions, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, all of them sharing the same 3.0-liter TFSI engine, producing 333 HP (338PS) and 325 lb-ft (441Nm) of torque. The cheapest variant starts from $54,800 MSRP, while the range-topper will set back its potential buyers for $64,300.