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Audi reveals Q7 ahead of Detroit show debut

Date: 12 December 2014   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Audi has revealed the new version of its Q7 SUV ahead of its debut at the Detroit motor show in January before going on sale in the UK in the summer.

The new Q7 is a claimed 325kg lighter than the outgoing model, and the German car maker is claiming it is the lightest and most spacious car in its segment.

From launch in the UK, the Q7 will be fitted with the firm's 3.0-litre diesel unit producing 272hp, which returns an official 47.8mpg and emits 153g/km CO2. Audi claim this is a 23% improvement on the outgoing model's figures.

A second variant is due after the UK launch. It will  produce 218hp, and while Audi has not released any CO2 or economy figures, it said the unit will "further reduce the CO2 emissions of the 3.0-litre TDI, setting new standards for efficiency."

Later in the year, an e-tron Quattro will be launched. It will be the first ever diesel plug-in hybrid from Audi. The company said it would produce 373hp and return 166.1mpg corresponding to "less than 50g/km CO2." A full battery charge is good for just under 35 miles, Audi claimed.

All engines will be mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission.

Technology-wise, the firm has expanded its Audi connect, the tablet for rear-seat passengers, and included 3D audio. The Q7 will also offer smartphone integration with Google Andriod Auto and Apple's CarPlay software.

The Q7 will also be fitted with adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistant. The car maker claimed no other production car in the world currently offers more technology than its new model.

 "The new Audi Q7 is a statement of our competence. Weighing 325 kilograms less, it sets the benchmark in its class. It is around 26% more fuel-efficient and is equipped with the latest assistance systems, infotainment modules and connect features," said Prof. Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi board member for technical development.