The new 2017 Audi Q7 despite showing some grey areas, is expected to be desirable and appealing to new and existing buyers. Some of its highlights for 2017 include a strong and fuel-efficient TDI engine, premium interior, and a sophisticated driving character. Its release date should be expected during the 4th Q of 2016.
Years have come and gone, yet the never aging Audi Q7 continues to stay put. The vehicle known for its premium cabin, upscale driving character, and a performance worth coveting hasn’t aged a day when it comes to offering comfort and convenience ever since its debuted almost nine years ago.
However, with fresh models flooding the segment every year, we find the Q7 difficult to recommend. For clarity, there are certain things we like though. The high-quality build and surfaces, serene ride even at top speeds, nimble handling, and a premium style.
As far as the engines are concerned, you can get up to 28 mpg with the optional TDI diesel-powered V6 engine. And for such a huge vehicle, the Q7 still affords to offer better steering and handling.
Having test-driven the vehicle ourselves, there are certain issues that Audi could have addressed. These include a mediocre performance with the TDI engine, a cramped third row seat, a lackluster fuel economy ratings, and a subpar cargo volume. Also, the acceleration to 60 is just average.
Available Trims – Audi Q7
The 2017 Q7 just as its predecessor will be offered in a whopping six trims: Premium, TDI Premium, Premium Plus, TDI Premium Plus, S Line Prestige, and TDI Prestige.
Exterior Pictures & Interior Changes – 2017 Audi Q7
The seven-passenger luxury 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium comes standard with a power liftgate, automatic climate control (dual-zone), automatic wipers, LED running lights, 18” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, burl walnut inlays, rear parking sensors, a reclining and folding 40/20/40-split second-row seat, eight-way power heated front seats, LED turn signals, xenon headlights, and a manual telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.
Technology features available include an iPod interface, a 6.5” touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an 11-speaker premium sound system, Audi’s basic MMI interface, and a CD player.
The only difference between the Premium and the Premium Plus is that the latter comes with 19” wheels.
The 3.0T Premium Plus and TDI Premium Plus come equipped with a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a color trip computer, a 7” display screen, blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a rearview camera, upgraded version of the MMI interface, a navigation system, voice controls, keyless ignition and entry, front parking cameras, 14-speaker sound audio system, and driver memory settings.
The 3.0 S Line Prestige adds automatic climate control (four-zone), ventilated front seats, manual sunshades, adaptive headlights, sport-themed exterior styling, 20” wheels, deep tinted sunroof, and a corner-view camera system.
Stand-alone features available for the lower trims include the 20” wheels, fender flares, a 14-speaker premium sound system, a black headliner, a three-spoke steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, exterior add-ons, rear side airbags, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and brushed aluminum inlays.
2017 Audi Q7 Engine Specs
Under the hood of the Premium Plus and base Premium trims is a 3.0L V6 engine rated at 295 pounds of torque and 280 hp. however, the S-Line Prestige’s upgraded version generates an extra power bump of 53 horsepower and 30 pounds of torque. An eight-speed auto transmission system relays the output for both vehicles on the four wheels.
During our own test drive, the Premium trim achieved a 0-60 mph acceleration in an unimpressive 6.9 seconds. The estimations for the fuel consumption stand at 16/22/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The TDI trim gets its power source from a 3.0L V6 diesel engine rated at a walloping 240 hp and 406 pound of torque.
The fuel economy ratings for the diesel-powered model are 19/28/22 mpg. This model also sauntered to 60 mph in a lackluster 8.0 seconds.
The 2017 Audi Q7 when properly equipped can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 6,600 pounds.
Release Date & Price -2017 Audi Q7
Expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $53,400 for the Diesel SUV, and $48,300 for the base Q7. As for the release date, rumor has it that the SUV is set to go for sale during the 4th Q at least for the U.S market.
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