All-New 2016 Audi Q7 Revealed, Drops 325kg or 717Lbs, Looks Like a Big Q3 [25 Pics]

Audi has officially blown the covers off the second-gen Q7 luxury SUV that sheds a few hundred pounds and features a more chiseled, but overall familiar design.

Built on a modified version of Audi’s MLB platform, the new Q7 has undergone a drastic diet losing 325kg or 716.5 pounds over the previous model, with the 3.0 TDI tipping the scales at 1,995kg or 4,398.2 lbs.

Some 71kg or 156.5 lbs were cut from the body, with the aluminum doors alone accounting for 24kg or 52.9 lbs. The front fenders, hood and tailgate are also made from aluminum, while Audi says that over 100kg or 220.5 lbs were taken out of the chassis.

Even though the new Q7 is slightly shorter (-37mm or 1.5 in.) and narrower (-15mm or 0.6 in.) than its predecessor at 5,050mm long, 1,970mm wide and 1,740mm tall, riding on a 2,990mm wheelbase, Audi claims that the cabin is longer and offers more head room for passengers of both rows.

In particular, there is an additional 21mm (0.8 in) between the first and second rows of seats, while head room has increased by 41mm (1.6 in) and 23mm (0.9 in) for first and second row passengers respectively.

Things are less exciting when it comes to the Q7’s exterior styling as the luxury SUV was penned under Ingolstadt’s existing design language. It’s far less bulbous than the previous model with more defined lines and a three-dimension single frame grille, but frankly, it looks a lot like a re-sized Q3.

The interior is a different story with Audi giving their top SUV a nicely designed and modern dashboard that can be optionally equipped with Audi’s new 12.3-inch TFT instrument binnacle, similar to the one featured in the latest TT. Audi has also made efforts to de-clutter the dash and improve ergonomics.

As with the outgoing model, the new Q7 has three rows of seats. The second and third second row can be folded down and tipped up. With all seven seats occupied, the SUV has a boot capacity of 295 liters (10.4 cu ft), while in five-seater configuration, that figure climbs to 890 liters (31.4 cu ft) and in two-seat, a massive 2,075 liters (73.3 cu ft).

Naturally, Audi offers all sorts of standard and optional amenities including, but not limited to, a kick motion tailgate opener, the latest generation of the Audi MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch or 8.3-inch retractable display and a full touch surface, Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System and even Audi-branded tablets for the rear passengers.

In Europe, the new Q7 will launch with two V6 engines, the 272PS (268hp) and 600Nm (442.5 lb-ft) 3.0-liter diesel that reaches 100km/h (62mph) in 6.3 seconds, and the 333PS (328hp) and 440Nm (324.5 lb-ft) 3.0-liter supercharged petrol that completes the same sprint in 6.1 seconds. Both engines are hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Surprisingly, Audi will offer a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder gasoline engine with 248hp (252PS) and 370Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque in select Asian markets and –wait for it- the USA.

There will also be a more frugal, but less powerful 3.0 TDI Ultra diesel engine with 215hp (218PS) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.

A plug-in hybrid version with quattro all-wheel drive will also join the range late 2015. Named the Q7 e-tron, it will pair a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 with an electric motor integrated into the 8-speed tiptronic transmission producing a combined 373PS (368hp) and 700Nm (516.3 lb-ft).

The lithium-ion batteries store 17.3 kWh of energy, enabling a range of up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) in pure electric mode.

According to Audi, the Q7 e‑tron accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.0 seconds, and from 0 to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) in 6.1 seconds on electric power alone. Top speed is 225 km/h (140mph).

When using both power sources, the Q7 e-tron returns a combined figure of 1.7l/100km (138.4 US mpg) – for a CO2 equivalent of less than 50 grams per kilometer (80.5 g/mi).

The Q7 will celebrate its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January, where we will learn more about the North American model’s specifications.

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  • Julien Lachemoi

    A lot of emotions for sure, gotta love that new design theme.

    (yes this is sarcastic)

    • Kalil

      Looks very dated.

  • designedrew

    van/hearse – breaks with Audi’s design language – basically removes any sense of ‘design’ – the home counties will be crawling with them – horrific

  • Hamster

    Dashboard lines are like new passat…. exterior is bit wagon ish….

  • KF

    All hail the new king, XC90!

    • Niklas

      Looks even better when you see it IRL.

    • Mike Gonzalez

      i so agree!
      however i think the Q7 will still sell better than the XC90 only because it’s german, as if that meant a thing……

  • NG212

    The dashboard is the only part that doesn’t seem under-designed. And even that looks like a mash-up of the A8 and Passat.

    We waited all these years, for this??? Nice to see they didn’t break their back. I guess the forthcoming Q8 took all the design.

  • gfurry

    meh. The Q7 is always on my next car list but this isn’t helping. Seems a little bland to me.

  • atomicbri

    Blah…. not liking this really. Styling is blander than it was. Proportions seem odd to me. Off slightly and interior, while nice, is a lot like the new Euro Passat. Not interested in this. Volvo XC90 would be the winner still in this segment.

  • CFK

    Definition of downgrade: Audi Designers.

  • dinn

    It looks so boring, just upscaled smaller models. Avarage person will not even notice that it is “new model”.

  • Bob

    T e r r i b l e

  • europeon

    I think we’re entering a dark age of automotive design, much like it was in the 1980’s.

    It’s not just the three major German players, but pretty much everyone else. They either go the boring way or the over-the-top nonsense design, just like the neons and the boxy shapes of the 1980’s.

    I’m really sad that the last years of dead dinosaurs powered cars are destroyed but such designs instead of being really beautiul swan songs for us to remember forever, just like the iconic designs of the 1920’s or 1960’s.

  • Beast potato

    Whoever in Audi passed this design should get fired. It looks very odd. The nose and eyes are too big to fit in!

  • Benjamin Corcoran

    OUCH, what a FLOP.

    The vehicle is too low, looks like a station wagon. Americans like their vehicles a little higher, so they don’t have to HUNCH OVER to get things/kids inside.

    Also, the interior drastically departs from the minimalist theme which was JUST INTRODUCED a year ago, with the new TT. Now we’re back to a busy dash and a framed, center-mounted display? WHY?

  • Karl

    My eyes! Kill it with fire…. What a let down after waiting all this time. Back to the drawing board Audi!

  • Toronado_II

    Now it looks like a station-wagon. No more “truck” DNA in what I see… I don’t like the proportion.

  • warprace

    As a Q7, what a flop. As the next A6 Avant, great!

  • Kagan Oztrak

    I apologize for criticizing the X5, for I have sinned..but on the other hand, audi seems to have found the time machine, their new cars are actually OLDER than the one it replaces..

  • RCW89

    The Q7 has always been an ugly vehicle imo but this is taking the cake – it looks awful the interior is ok though

  • Kash

    So what they did was replace the nose, rear bumper, lower the suspension (or cast some magic to make it appear like more like the Allroad than a SUV), give it some fancy new lights, and give the wheel arches a tummy tuck there in the middle. Looking at it from the side makes me think of a mid-cycle update rather than full on redesign. The tailgate is the same shape as it was before and it wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t that funky cut. I was hoping they’d do away with it, or do like Land Rover and BMW and do a split hatch. It also looks shorter at the rear. Say what you want about the current Q7 but it looks much better than this one.

    At first i didn’t really care for Josh Byrnes’ rendering of the Q7 but I like the rendering more than this

  • An Existing Person

    Interior says expensive Audi, exterior says Volkswagen.

  • jh

    how amazingly ugly… audi should have stuck with the past design language before they resort to this.

  • danielmg

    I can’t help but think of VW’s Cross Blue 7 seater concept. Yikes! Hate that new grill.. hated it on the new TT as well.

  • Chino W.

    it looks like a subaru, so disappointed.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Come on! We have over 7 billion people in this world and Audi can’t find even a couple of decent designers who are not obsessed with rulers. They should have sent it again back to the drawing board like they already did with the first prototype.

  • Yombrian

    looks so bland..

  • Honda NSX-R

    I don’t really like the way the front looks

  • Strejda

    Not too far…:-)

  • Darren Tate

    It kills me to say this, but it kind of reminds of a Dodge Journey—only nicer.

  • iKaizen

    Nice face, nice interior, but with a body of the Lincoln MKT (not nice).

  • Really, this is all they could do? and this is expected to compete with the BMW X5, Vw toureg, Cayenne and Range Sport? really Audi?

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  • Vassilis

    I love Audis but I can’t say I love this. It’s alright. The interior looks very good.

  • Mousse

    Can’t believe Audi turned my dream SUV into a stationwagon. Put this side by side a Hyundai Santa fe XL and tell me which one looks more appealing.

  • M Qatar

    WHY AUDI !! they could’ve easily designed a better SUV .
    The car is too low, more of a station wagon than an SUV.
    I hated the lower part of the rear bumper on the old Q7, and here it comes again !
    Audi have done a great job on the TT, they could have copied those sharp lines into the Q7.
    The Cayenne is still the king for me.

    Let’s wait until the next generation :/

  • The first Q7 was iconic, this 2nd Gen. looks way too plain – what a waste of a good opportunity (and resources) to make the Audi marque stand out.
    In the end, it seems designed by committee. I just hope the cars don’t follow that trend – crossing my fingers for the next A5.

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