The new Audi Q7 is now available in South Africa, with the company promising a more powerful, dynamic, and cutting-edge SUV.
Audi stated the new Q7 has received visual and technical updates – including a new “digital operating concept” used on the interior.
Two models are currently available for purchase, both of which feature a diesel engine mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and permanent all‑wheel drive system.
This produces 183kW and 600Nm of torque, and takes the Q7 from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 225km/h.
Audi said the new SUV also features enhanced handling capabilities, thanks to optimised all‑wheel steering which allows the rear wheels to turn up to five degrees.
“As such, the Audi Q7 is maneuverable, precise, and agile in urban traffic and on hairpin bends,” said Audi.
“It also provides variable ground clearance and prepares the Audi Q7 with its standard quattro drive for terrain off the beaten track.”
Inside the Q7, Audi has promised “immense prestige with practical everyday qualities”.
“The Audi Q7 outdoes its direct competitors with interior length as well as headroom and elbow room in the front and rear. A host of storage compartments, a new compartment in the instrument panel, as well as the high load capacity provide functional utility value,” said Audi.
In the 5-seater configuration of the vehicle, load capacity stands at 865 litres with the rear seats in their normal position and 2,050 litres with the load area flat.
An electric tailgate is then standard and includes a foot-activated gesture control.
“Audi optionally supplies the rear seat bench as part of the Comfort Package – all three seats can be moved individually fore/aft and the backrest angle adjusted, upgradable to a third seat row with two electrically-lowerable seats which turns the Q7 into a comfortable 7-seater.”
The new digital operating concept in the Q7 sees the SUV pack two large touchscreens which provide haptic and acoustic feedback to users.
This is paired with the Audi Connect system, which features an embedded SIM, a Wi-Fi hotspot, voice controls, and the “extensive Audi connect portfolio”.
“The latter ranges from online traffic information, point of interest search, navigation with Google Earth, and live weather updates,” said Audi.
South African pricing
The local pricing for the new Audi Q7 is listed below.
- Q7 45 TDI Quattro Tiptronic – R1,328,500
- Q7 45 TDI Quattro S Line Tiptronic – R1,388,500
Both models come standard with a 5-year/100,000km Audi Freeway plan.