India-bound 2016 Audi Q7 launched in South Africa – IAB Report
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The petrol variant will be launched in January.
Audi SA (South Africa) has launched the 2016 Q7 in their market with deliveries set to begin in October. The SUV has been launched at an indicative price of 9,24,000 Rand (INR 43,89,440).
The 2016 Q7 is based on the new MLB platform that has reduced weight by a whopping 325 kg over its predecessor. The SUV measures 5.05 meters (5050 mm), 1.97 meters (1970 mm) and 1.74 meters (1740 mm) in length, width and height respectively. It also has a wheelbase of 2.99 meters (2990 mm).
The fascia receives the Singleframe grille and large air intakes. Xenon units for the headlights are standard with LED and Matrix LED coming as options. The sides get muscular wheel arches with the rear gaining dynamic LED taillights as standard fitment and rectangular exhausts. Also, the tailgate is electrically operated and comes as standard on all variants.
The interior, Audi claims, is more spacious and luxurious than before. The cockpit gets the company’s latest MMI infotainment system with MMI Touch. This screen is a retractable 8.3-inch unit that supports DVD drive, two card readers, a flash memory, Audi sound system, Audi music interface with two USB ports and a Bluetooth interface. The 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit is optional and has a 1440×540 pixel screen.
At launch, the new Q7 is offered only with the 3.0-liter TDI unit that produces 183kW (245.40 hp) and 600 Nm of peak torque between 1500 to 3000 rpm. Power is transferred to all wheels through the Quattro system and 8-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. Audi claims 0-100 kmph in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 234 kmph. The fuel efficiency is claimed at 17.54 kmpl with carbon emissions of 149 g/km. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine has been confirmed for January and will produce 185kW (248.08 hp) and 370Nm.
The 2016 Q7 has many driver assistance systems as standard such as attention assist system, cruise control, hill hold assist, parking system, adjustable speed limiter, Audi pre-sense city and Audi pre-sense basic. Further systems offered as options are night vision assist, traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, Audi active lane assist, trailer maneuver assist, collision avoidance assist and rear cross traffic assist.
The new Q7 is expected to launch in India in November. According to reports, initial units will come through the CBU route.
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