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PostHeaderIcon Audi SQ7

The current-generation Audi SQ7 was only unveiled last year, but it didn’t take Audi long to start developing an updated version of the punchy SUV. That appears to be the case as new spy photos of an SQ7 test mule have been spotted in the wild. The prototype appeared in the wild with another test vehicle — likely the Q7 — in what can only be described as the latest evidence that Audi isn’t sitting on its laurels when it comes to giving its two performance SUVs the necessary updates that’ll keep it fresh in the eyes of consumers.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Unveils New Autonomous Concept At CES, Promises Production Model in 2020

German automaker Audi has revealed a new Piloted Driving concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Developed in cooperation with Nvidia, which provided artificial intelligence for the self-driving car, the new Piloted Driving model is based on the Q7 SUV and brings Audi’s autonomous system closer to production stage.

The autonomous SUV is the fifth concept in a long line of Piloted Driving experimental vehicles that goes back to 2014. It all started with RS7, which was also used to lap the Nurburgring, and in early 2015 the German company unveiled a similar vehicle based on the Prologue concept. Later that year, Audi rolled out a version based on the now-discontinued R8 E-Tron electric supercar, while 2016 brought an improved version built around the A7 sedan. In 2010, a very early version of the system was used in a TTS that piloted itself up the Pikes Peak course.

The Q7 Piloted Driving is a more advanced version of Audi’s upcoming autonomous system, using new “deep learning” technology for handling real-road complexities. The vehicle uses what Audi describes as “neural networks” and “end-to-end deep learning” on Nvidia’s latest artificial intelligence platform to navigate complex road courses. The Piloted Driving concept can learn from both the road and the driver and can now handle all sorts of upredictable scenarios, including roadblocks, construction sites, and changes in weather.

Displayed in the Gold Lot, adjacent to the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the vehicle was showcased performing several laps around a closed course, with the configuration of the track modified in the middle of the demonstration. Audi says it will expand testing of the Piloted Driving technology on public roads in California and select states in the U.S. before launching the world’s first vehicle to meet standards of Level 3 automation (as defined by SAE International) to the market.

This won’t happen until 2020, but meanwhile Audi will introduce Traffic Jam Pilot, which uses a central driver assistance controller, with NVIDIA hardware and software, in the next-generation A8. This system will give drivers the option to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when certain conditions are met.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Unveils New Autonomous Concept At CES, Promises Production Model in 2020

German automaker Audi has revealed a new Piloted Driving concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Developed in cooperation with Nvidia, which provided artificial intelligence for the self-driving car, the new Piloted Driving model is based on the Q7 SUV and brings Audi’s autonomous system closer to production stage.

The autonomous SUV is the fifth concept in a long line of Piloted Driving experimental vehicles that goes back to 2014. It all started with RS7, which was also used to lap the Nurburgring, and in early 2015 the German company unveiled a similar vehicle based on the Prologue concept. Later that year, Audi rolled out a version based on the now-discontinued R8 E-Tron electric supercar, while 2016 brought an improved version built around the A7 sedan. In 2010, a very early version of the system was used in a TTS that piloted itself up the Pikes Peak course.

The Q7 Piloted Driving is a more advanced version of Audi’s upcoming autonomous system, using new “deep learning” technology for handling real-road complexities. The vehicle uses what Audi describes as “neural networks” and “end-to-end deep learning” on Nvidia’s latest artificial intelligence platform to navigate complex road courses. The Piloted Driving concept can learn from both the road and the driver and can now handle all sorts of upredictable scenarios, including roadblocks, construction sites, and changes in weather.

Displayed in the Gold Lot, adjacent to the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the vehicle was showcased performing several laps around a closed course, with the configuration of the track modified in the middle of the demonstration. Audi says it will expand testing of the Piloted Driving technology on public roads in California and select states in the U.S. before launching the world’s first vehicle to meet standards of Level 3 automation (as defined by SAE International) to the market.

This won’t happen until 2020, but meanwhile Audi will introduce Traffic Jam Pilot, which uses a central driver assistance controller, with NVIDIA hardware and software, in the next-generation A8. This system will give drivers the option to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when certain conditions are met.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Audi Q7 Gets New 2.0 Liter Four-Cylinder Engine

The 2017 model year marked a couple of firsts for the Audi Q7. The most important of which was probably the introduction of the e-tron badge. The e-tron model takes the 3.0-liter TDI and a 94 kW electric motor to churn out 373 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The first hybridized diesel from Audi is also the most powerful engine available. On the other side of the spectrum, however, is this new 2.0-liter, gasoline-drinking, four-banger. As the first four—cylinder to be offered in the Q7, it can’t be compared to the power offering from the outgoing model, but Audi Claims it is 22-percent more fuel efficient that the 2015 model with the 3.0T V-6.

This new 2.0-liter is backed by Audi’s eight-speed Tiptronic transmission that carried over from the outgoing model. To help reduce fuel consumption, Audi enhanced the exhaust manifolds integration, made improvements to the Audi valvlift system, and introduced some sort of “innovated thermal management” system. All told, the Q7 with the 2.0T is said to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg combined, is almost 500 pounds lighter that the outgoing 3.0T and can pull up to 4,400 pounds with the optional towing package.

The Q7 2.0T comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive and will be available in Premium and Premium plus trim levels starting in early 2017. Pricing will be set at $49,000 for the Premium and will increase to $53,000 in Premium Plus form.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Becomes the First Brand to Offer Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Connectivity Services

Audi likes to believe it is changing the world for the better, and it has now announced the latest development in its Audi Connect Prime services. This newest feature, which is being offered in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services, is called Traffic Light Information, and will apparently allow equipped Audi models to connect with the traffic light infrastructure in certain cities. The 2017 Audi Q7, Audi A4, and A4 Allroad will be the first models to get this new technology.

To put things simply, this technology will allow the car to receive real-time signal information from advanced traffic management systems across the United States. The link is created via the on-board LTE data connection and Traffic Technology Services’ company servers. For now, this feature will allow equipped vehicles to display the amount of time left before a traffic signal changes from red to green. It will be displayed in the driver information center and on the heads-up display if equipped.

Pom Malhotra, the General Manager of Connect Vehicles, said, “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future, we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

The city side of these services are set to roll out in fall of 2016 in select “smart cities” and metropolitan areas and new areas will be added “through 2017 and beyond.” Q7, A4, and A4 Allroad models built after June 1st will have the feature available when equipped with Audi Connect Prime services.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Confirms New A8 For 2017, One Electric Model A Year Starting 2018

It’s no secret that Audi has been performing quite well lately. Despite all the setbacks, the brand delivered a total of 1.8 million cars last year and now aims to do even better this year. So far, between January and April, the brand sold 620,100 Audi models, representing an increase of 4.9 percent over the previous year. To keep things going at such a strong pace, Audi is on a mission to launch new or upgraded models as quickly as possible. These models include the next Audi A8, the Audi Q7 e-Tron Quattro, and a new all-electric SUV.

All three models I’ve mentioned are a pretty big deal for the four rings, but each one represents a benchmark for the brand. The Audi A8 will be the first production model from Audi that is capable of piloted driving at up to 37 mph with what Audi is calling “traffic-jam pilot.” So, the A8 will help the brand transition from partial to highly automated driving, with the expectation of fully automated driving by 2025.

Moving onto Audi’s electrification strategy, there are two big things coming our way. First is the Audi Q7 e-Tron Quattro. It will be the brand’s second plug-in hybrid and is said to achieve better than 117 mpg on the U.S. scale or two liters per 100 km on the European scale. Furthermore, it will be capable of all-electric travel for up to 56 km, or about 35 miles. More importantly, however, is the all-electric SUV that will launch in 2018. It will be Audi’s first fully electric large-series vehicle and, according to Audi, will have a range of 310 miles. It will be produced in Brussels along with the batteries that will power it.

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PostHeaderIcon Loren Angelo Talks About The Audi SQ7 And Its Role In The Next Captain America Film

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, has been seen in Audi vehicles since 2008, with the superhero driving cars like the Audi R8 Spyder and the Audi R8 e-tron. In the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film, Iron Man will be seen rocking out the all-new, 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus. But it’s Captain America and his new 2017 Audi SQ7 that is getting the most attention so far.

Audi has already been celebrating the SQ7’s role in the movie with a new television advertisement, but just recently, we’ve also seen it in the longer video titled The Chase that depicts an entertaining chase scene from the upcoming film. Loren Angelo, the Director of Marketing for Audi of America, has said the SQ7 is “ideal” because of its technology and performance capabilities, but he’s now opened up a bit more about Audi’s role in the upcoming film.

In a recent press release, Angelo said, “It’s perfect to put our brand into these settings and be able to demonstrate how Audi is a component of the action and excitement that the Avengers represent. Whether it’s the SQ7 or A4 or R8, the brand is part of the story. Audiences see the four rings, and consumers have associated them with blockbuster movie action. The Avengers represent high-level technology, and Audi is the vehicle that carries them into the action as they are saving the world.”

Needless to say, the Avengers are big fans of Audi, and it looks like we’ll be seeing Audi vehicles in Marvel movies for a long time to come. Superheroes need fast cars, and Audi has continued to deliver time and time again.

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PostHeaderIcon JE Design Audi Q7 Wide Body Kit for 2016MY Model

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The new generation Audi Q7 receives yet another styling package, this time a wide body treatment from tuning parts supplier JE Design GmbH. Tailored for the S-Line version of the SUV, JE Design Audi Q7 kit does a good job of altering the vehicle’s look and feel.

This alteration is predominantly devised to make the big and fairly boxy Q7 more sporty. As such, JE Design Audi Q7 gets revised front and rear bumpers featuring new underbody protection parts, and grille surrounds up front and a diffuser insert out back. These bits are artfully joined through the use of massive flared wheel arches which themselves connect via integrated sills and skirts.

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Completing the sporty look of JE Design Audi Q7 is a set of aftermarket wheels in the recommended size of 22-inch. But if you are really serious about making this vehicle more athletic, you should also get the performance kit. JE currently offers a kit only for the SQ7 model, but it’s a good kit, increasing the output of the V8 diesel engine from 430 horsepower to 520 horsepower with 900 Nm of torque. The extra oomph results in a remarkable improvement in the performance.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi SQ7 TDI Launches with 435 PS, 900Nm

Audi SQ7 TDI-0

Once again, Audi proves that diesel-powered cars can be exciting and desirable by releasing a new high-performance SQ model. The model in question here is Audi SQ7 powered by a V8 BiTDI engine developing 435 horsepower and peak torque of 900 Nm.

That horsepower figure is on the par with what you get from the very best of petrol-powered V8s while the torque is more in the V12 territory. Performance-wise, these numbers translate into a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (limited), but the best thing about this engine is the fuel consumption which is 38.2 mpg combined. That’s kind of the beauty of diesel engines.

The engine in the new Audi SQ7 is work of engineering art as it features three chargers, including one electrically powered compressor (EPC) and two exhaust-gas turbochargers which are activated selectively according to the concept of sequential charging. It also has Audi valvelift system (AVS), common-rail system, and a sound actuator in the exhaust system for proper V8 noise.

Other technical highlights separating Audi SQ7 from regular models in this class include an optional all-wheel steering for easier parking, quattro with optional sport differential, and multimaterial construction for lightness. The seven-seat SUV also comes with S body kit and interior with features such as 20-inch alloy wheels, all-LED headlights, MMI navigation plus with MMI Touch, adaptive S air suspension, Audi pre sense city and a powered tailgate fitted as standard.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi SQ7

It has been over a year since we saw the new Audi Q7 debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and we’ve been waiting to see the new SQ7 makes its debut. We saw the spy shots of the SQ7 testing in April of last year with almost no camo, but since then the SQ7 has faded away into the back of our minds. We thought the wait was going to last forever since we didn’t the SQ7 debut during the first press days of the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, but as it turns out, Audi decided to skip bringing it to the show. Instead, Audi pulled the sheet off of its new SQ7 at its headquarters in Ingolstadt.

At first, you might think Audi was a little lazy with the SQ7 – it does look almost identical to the Q7 that debuted last year. But, it has its own little differences on the outside, some new engine technology under the hood, and can be optioned as a five-seater or seven-seater. On top of that, this is the first time Audi is throwing the “S” treatment at its largest SUV, so it is something to be excited about.

So, now that Audi has finally released details about its largest S model let’s take a closer look at it. We have lots of details to cover – especially in the drivetrain department – so you might want to get comfortable.

Updated 03/03/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the new SQ7 TDI.

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PostHeaderIcon Exclusive: Long Beach Blue Audi Q7

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Audi’s Exclusive department has come up with a very exquisite version of the new 2016 Q7 that serves as an example of what this division can do for customers who are willing to part with a lot of cash. The Long Beach Blue Audi Q7 boasts unique colors and options, but it only has a V6 diesel engine.

Then again, the whole point of the Long Beach Blue Audi Q7 Exclusive is to showcase the visual features and extra options available for the SUV. So if you like this exterior color you will have to ask the salesman for the “Individual” option code Q0Q0, and if you dig those silver 5-double-spoke wheels, option code F50 from the “Audi Sport” catalog.

The interior of this particular Q7 is a work of art, featuring beige Valcona leather seats and consoles with white stitching (option code YRB), complemented with Walnut Beaufort wooden trims and gloss black accents (5MR). The former option also includes black leather with white stitching for the top par of the dashboard and it looks really cool.

The Long Beach Blue Audi Q7 is powered by the 3.0 liter TDI engine developing 272 horsepower. The diesel V6 consumes on average just 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41.3 US mpg), corresponding to 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer (239.8 g/mi), and it delivers a 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) time of 6.3 seconds.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Q7 – Driven

The Q7 is a child of the SUV craze that began picking up momentum in the mid-2000s. No longer were SUV constrained to automakers like Chevrolet or Ford. Sure, Mercedes had a couple SUVs in its lineup, but Merc already had a long history of building G-Wagens and such. Audi, like Porsche and BMW, shocked the industry with the arrival of three-row people haulers.

Audi pulled the covers off the Q7 for the 2006 model year. Thanks to its parent company Volkswagen, costs were shared between the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne thanks to a common chassis. Still, each of the three played to buyers in different segments.

The first-generation Q7 underwent its only major updating for the 2009 model year. A new face, updated rear end, and a redesigned dashboard helped the Q7 keep up with the times. And while you can still buy a first-generation 2015 Q7 in the U.S., Audi has an all-new model waiting to cross the pond.

The completely redesigned 2017 Q7 raises the bar several notches in one swoop. A handsome new design with sharpened angles and a more aggressive stance greats onlookers, while occupants inside are treated to what is likely one of Audi’s finest interiors. An all-digital gauge cluster, extensive aluminum trim, and a minimalistic design propel the Q7 into the latter half of the decade.

But the updated Q7 is still months away. Should customers hold off buying a wait for the swanky new SUV, or does the current 2015 Q7 still earnestly compete? To find out, I spent a week behind the wheel of a 2015 model, fitted with the 3.0-liter TDI V-6, quattro AWD, and an economy car’s MSRP worth of options and extras.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Q7

Today must be Audi debut day, as we first had the RS3 and now we have the new Q7.

German carmaker Audi joined the ever-growing SUV market in late 2005, when it unveiled the Q7 full-size crossover SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi launched the SUV in North America for the 2007 model year and since then it has received numerous updates and a host of gasoline and diesel powertrains, ranging from 3.0-liter V-6s to massive 6.0-liter V-12s. As we venture into the 2016 model year, nine years since the first-generation Q7 debuted, the Germans are introducing a redesigned version of the SUV.

Boasting brand-new styling, a revamped cabin and updated powertrains, the 2017 Q7 also marks the debut of the nameplate’s first ever plug-in hybrid version. It took Audi about nine years to turn the concept it showcased in 2005 into a production model, but it seems the Germans finally did it. The Q7 e-tron is that much more important as it’s the first plug-in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. What’s more, it’s also the world’s first diesel hybrid in the premium SUV segment. Read on for the full details on Germany’s new luxury hauler.

Updated 11/11/2015: Audi announced prices for the 2017 Q7 SUV which will be put on sale at the beginning of 2016. The model will be offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige with prices starting from $54,800.

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PostHeaderIcon 2015 Audi Q7 by ABT

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As usual, ABT Sportline is the first tuner to come up with a proper upgrade package for a brand-new Audi model. The model in question this time is the 2015 Audi Q7 and ABT has designed a complete styling package to welcome it into the family.

The giant SUV receives a major makeover in this treatment with completely new front and rear fascia and new sills. However, the tuner has respects Audi’s authority when it comes to the shape of the signature front grille and has only garnished it with new inserts, leaving the instantly recognizable shape intact.

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The ingredients of ABT body kit for the 2015 Audi Q7 include custom front bumper with new air intakes and grille inserts, front lip spoiler, side sills and skirts, flared wheel arches, revised rear bumper with integrated diffuser and new tailpipes, and a new roof spoiler. The sills are painted in a contrasting color to the paint job so as to boost their visual appeal.

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Another highlight of ABT Audi Q7 2015 is the new set of 22-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 305/30 R22 tires specifically tailored for this vehicle. The tuner is also working on performance upgrade packages for all the engines in the range, but they are not ready yet.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Audi SQ7 Crashes During Nurburgring Test: Video

Well, they do say that if you’re not crashing, you’re not learning.

At the very least, one Audi test driver learned a lesson or two about the upcoming 2016 Audi SQ7 during high-speed testing at the Nürburgring. YouTube user cvdzijden captured a minor mishap involving a prototype SQ7 at the exit of the Karussell hairpin. In the short video, the high-performance SUV gets a bit out of sorts, leaves the track and takes a dramatic bounce off the guardrail. The SQ7 doesn’t appear to be seriously damaged, and limps away with more bent dignity than sheet metal. A close look reveals what might be might a piece of diagnostic equipment hanging loose. My armchair analysis says that this was probably driver error rather than a vehicle malfunction. Check out the video!

The high-performance SQ7 is expected to join the 2014 Audi SQ5 in the lineup some time in 2016 as a 2017 model. In addition to the usual suite of upgraded brakes and suspension common to Audis with the “S” badge, the SQ7 will also feature an electrically driven turbocharger. It’s the first Audi production vehicle so equipped. Audi calls the system “E-Boost” (not to be confused with Ford’s EcoBoost) and it’s designed to eliminate turbo lag by using an electric motor to get the turbocharger up to speed when the engine is turning slowly.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Audi SQ7 Caught Testing: Spy Shots

When I first saw the second-generation Audi Q7 at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, I honestly thought the Germans pulled some sort of prank on its buyers by replacing the SUV with a jacked-up wagon. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the new Q7 isn’t the significant improvement everyone expected it to be; I simply think it lost the imposing stature its predecessor had. However, I knew the Q7’s new appearance might work well with a high-performance model, which Audi promised it would bring into showrooms as its range-topping SUV. And that moment is seemingly getting closer, as our spy photographers captured what appears to be first Q7 to sport an “S” on its tailgate. Meet (what will soon become) the Audi SQ7!

As the name suggests, the SQ7 is to the Q7 what the SQ5 is to the Q5, and this involves a more potent drivetrain, a more aggressive body kit, and a dash of exclusivity on the inside. Expect Audi’s largest performance SUV yet to cross the pond to the U.S. for the 2016 model year. A European debut is likely to occur by the end of 2015.

Oh, you’re probably wondering what makes this SUV an SQ7. Keep reading to find out more about that.

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2016 Audi SQ7 Caught Testing: Spy Shots originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 24 April 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi SQ7

A mysterious Audi SUV was spotted several months ago doing some runs on the Nurburgring. The sheer size of the vehicle suggests that this model could be the second generation Q7. However, a recent confirmation from an Audi executive seems to indicate that this is not just an ordinary Q7, but the SQ7 that is scheduled to be released in 2016.

So why do we think that it’s the SQ7? It’s a little hard to catch but if you look closely, you’ll notice that it has a quad-pipe exhaust system instead of the dual-pipe setup on the standard Q7.

Audi board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg has already confirmed to Autocar that the new Q7 will arrive next year. He also added that a more powerful SQ7 will come a year later. This spy video is the first indication that the car is right smack in the middle of development in time for its scheduled launch in 2016.

We don’t expect a whole lot aesthetic changes between the Q7 and the SQ7. But we do expect the latter to feature a completely different powertrain that could make use of a supplemental electric charger that will be used with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, V-6 TDI engine and a lithium-ion battery.

Audi has already previewed this powertrain on a couple of concepts: the A6 TDI Concept and the RS 5 TDI-e Concept. The two concepts actually carried different iterations of this new powertrain technology. The A6 TDI used an electrically driven turbo combined with a single exhaust gas-driven turbocharger, whereas the RS 5 TDI used used a sequential twin-turbo system with a large and small turbocharger.

It remains to be seen what kind of engine configuration the SQ7 will carry, but don’t be surprised if its hybrid system generates a little more than 370 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque output of the rumored Q7 e-Tron.

Update 04/23/2015: The upcoming Audi Q7 has been spotted again, this time wearing hardly any camo and roaming around ordinary streets.

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Audi SQ7 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:20 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro

As we inch closer to the full-electric car taking the place of gasoline-fueled cars, we are seeing a transition to plug-in hybrids. These models give buyers a short EV distance and a standard hybrid setup for longer journeys. The Audi Q7 has already joined these ranks with the 2016 Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, and now it is spreading the e-tron love to China with the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI.

I don’t know exactly why Audi decided to use a different engine in the China-spec Q7 e-tron, but I can only assume that it is because diesel engines are not popular there. In the U.S., we’ve had the same issues with diesel vehicles, but Audi’s never been overly shy about offering diesel-powered cars here.

How does this China-exclusive version of the Q7 e-tron stack up next to the already unveiled TDI version?

Find out by continuing to read my full review 2015 Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI.

Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 18 April 2015 23:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

Back in 2005, Audi decided it was time to throw its weight around in the full-size SUV market, unveiling the Q7 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The vehicle was made available for purchase later the following year.

Based on the same VW Group PL71 platform as the Vokswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, the Q7 has good roots for offering a premium, luxury ride with ample interior space. It even comes with a dose of SUV-style sportiness for those who like a bit of speed with their size. As Audi’s first SUV, the Q7 has spawned a number of smaller crossovers, including the Q5 and Q3. However, it remains Audi’s head honcho when it comes to crossovers.

Now Audi will offer the Q7 with a TDI plug-in hybrid drivetrain and quattro AWD. The Germans hope to retain the same levels of comfort, style, and speed as can be found in the non-electric variants, but with improved efficiency as well.

Called the Q7 e-tron quattro, this vehicle promises to point the way forward for the brand in terms of electrified drivetrains. Ingolstadt says this vehicle can do it all, but can it really?

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Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 5 March 2015 10:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi RS Q7

Rumor has it that the Q7 is getting an RS version, and now the folks at Audi have reportedly confirmed it.

Released in the 2007 model year in the U.S., the Audi Q7 initially came with a pair of engines: a 3.6-liter V-6 with 280 horsepower and a 4.2-liter V-8 with 350 horsepower. Now, as we head toward the 2016 model year, the folks at TopGear managed to convince a rep from Audi to spill the beans about the oft-rumored RS Q7, a high-output version of the large, fully redesigned SUV that will do battle with the X5 M and the Cayenne Turbo S.

The report is a little sketchy, as TG never identifies the source, but I hope it’s true. Just the thought of a lower-priced luxury-performance SUV coming in to undercut Bimmer is a great thing. Plus, the world is a better place with more Audi RS models.

But, will it actually happen?

Click past the jump to read my full review to find out what I think.

Note: Standard 2016 Audi Q7 pictured here.

Audi RS Q7 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 16 February 2015 15:00 EST.

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