New Audi Q7 launched in Delhi - Details and Press Release
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Launch Location: The Grand, New Delhi
Representatives at the function: Benoit Tiers (MD Audi India) and Raghav Chandra (MD Audi Delhi)
New Features on the 2010 Audi Q7: New 40 Gb MMI, New Carpets, New door fabrics, Kinetic Energy Regenerative system, New Alloys 18" now instead of 17" earlier, New Chrome Grill and LED's in front & rear, more sporty bumpers, slightly better FE because of energy saving LED's and Kinetic energy system.
Launch Price (ex-showroom Mumbai): 53.40 INR (3.0 TDI), 55.20 INR (3.6 FSI) - Homologated
42,696 EUR (4.2 FSI) - Non Homologated
Price Difference to last model:- Rs. 1,10000
Another launch function highlight: Announcement of the biggest premium showroom in India (Delhi), 15 cars at display at a time, workshop with aluminium repair works, possible opening 2nd quarter of 2010.
Q7s Sold Last year: 350 vehicles
Expected target this year: 450 - 500 units
|Audi introduces the new Audi Q7 in India* India’s most successful performance luxury SUV in an all new avatar
* Greater sporty elegance, added refinement and enhanced multifunctional luxury
* The sporty SUV available with three powerful engines: 3.0 TDI quattro, 3.6 FSI quattro and 4.2 FSI quattro
* Available across all dealerships from 3rd September, 2009 at INR 53,40,000 onwards (ex-showroom Mumbai)
New Delhi / Mumbai – Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the new Audi Q7- the latest version of largest selling performance luxury SUV in India. The new Audi Q7 is available in three engine options – 3.0 TDI quattro, 3.6 FSI quattro and 4.2 FSI quattro at Audi dealerships across the country from 3rd September 2009.
The Audi Q7 is a sporty, comfortable, high-performance car for leisure and business. It is the large Audi for customers looking for a vehicle that can take them anywhere and is roomy and flexible. And this character is immediately evident in the design: the side view with the low window area, the arched roof line and the tautly curved body surfaces presents a coupe-like silhouette.
“The launch of the new Audi Q7 comes close on the heels of Audi’s Centennial Celebration and spells exciting times for Audi India. The Audi Q7 was launched in India in 2006 and has since established itself as the numero uno luxury SUV in the country. The new Audi Q7 is unmatched in terms of style, performance, safety, comfort and driving dynamics providing customers the complete driving experience which Audi is known for.”, said Mr. Benoit Tiers, Managing Director, Audi India.
“Audi India achieved a remarkable growth in the first eight months of 2009 by selling 1128 cars (62% growth). The second half of 2009 continues to record impressive sales, August 2009 recording sales of 171 cars (69% growth). With the new Audi Q7, we continue to offer customers products that are progressive, sporty and sophisticated - reflecting the core essence of our brand DNA ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’,” added Mr. Tiers.
New accents at the front and rear contribute to even more elegant styling and visual impact. New single-frame radiator grill in high gloss black with vertical chrome bars adds robustness to the car in conjunction with new Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. The new Audi Q7 also comes with optional high-end headlight version that integrates not only a low beam, high beam, and turning and cornering lights, but for the first time also a special superhighway beam. The restyled tailgate presents a more forceful contour. LEDs are standard equipment in the taillights. An aluminum exterior package adds further highlights to the styling. The S line exterior package is designed for sports-minded customers and is available as an optional equipment.
The Audi Q7 is 5,089 mm long and has a 3,002 mm wheelbase. It provides generous interior comfort, a cargo volume of up to 2,035 liters, and unsurpassed variability. The customer can order an interior with six or seven seats. Many improvements down to the smallest details enhance personal comfort – including interior lights in the door linings, an inlay on the passenger side, and new colors as well as materials. Many operator-control details have been refined and enhanced with chrome elements in the new Audi Q7.
All engines in the Audi Q7 program are powerful and efficient direct-injection versions. Standard equipment includes a six-speed tiptronic that shifts swiftly and smoothly as it transfers the generated power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which distributes it to the axles with modest emphasis on the rear.
Some of the standard equipment of the new Audi Q7 includes 18-inch wheels and adaptive air suspension that enhances the sporty precision of the car’s handling as well as its strong off-road performance. The LEDs as a standard fitment in the taillights adds to the appeal of the SUV.
Enhancements in the front include smaller exterior mirrors, contrasting paint finish for the bumper and main body, an enhanced single-frame radiator grille, restyled bumpers, a newly ribbed designed integrated underbody guard in the center section of the bumper, making it more robust. Additions to the rear of the new Audi Q7 have the bumper with a contrasting paint finish and a restyled tailgate.
The new Audi Q7 is powered by highly efficient direct-injection engines and is available in a 3.0 TDI 176 kW (240 hp), 550 Nm torque option, a 3.6 FSI 206 kW (280 hp), 360 Nm torque option and a 4.2 FSI 257 kW (350 hp), 440 Nm torque option.
The hallmark of all Audi cars is the integration of technology with luxury and the new Audi Q7 is no different. The top-of-the line version of the MMI systems includes a hard disk drive, a single DVD player, and voice control, with the option of including a Bluetooth telephone, an advanced radio tuner, Rear Seat Entertainment Preparation, and the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen.
The new Audi Q7 range starts at (ex-showroom Mumbai) INR 53,40,000 for the 3.0 TDI quattro, INR 55,20,000 for the 3.6 FSI quattro and € 42,696 for the 4.2 FSI quattro (non homologated). The new Audi Q7 is available in an exciting palate of new colors like Ibis White, Teak Brown, Orca Black and Graphite Grey as well as the existing colors which include Deep Black, Bahia Beige, Cobalt Blue, Condor Grey, Ice Silver, Garnet Red and Lava Grey.
The new Audi Q7 will be available along with the entire Audi model range comprising the Audi Q5, the new Audi A6, the Audi A8, the Audi A4, the Audi TT and the super sports car Audi R8 at 12 dealerships across the country in Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Kochi.