Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go, Audi Press | posted December 11, 2015 11:39
Audi takes on premium SUV segment with second generation Q7
After its debut in the 2015 North American International Auto Show last January, Audi Philippines has launched their challenger for the mid-size premium SUV segment, the second generation Q7. It features the latest technologies Audi has to offer along with a more spacious interior.
“The all-new Q7 is a statement of Audi’s competence. It is around 26 percent more efficient and is equipped with the latest assistance systems, infotainment modules and connect features. We are looking forward to introducing this new high tech model to the Filipinos” said Benedicto Coyiuto, Audi Managing Director at PGA Cars Inc.
Trademark Audi cues make an appearance in the 2016 Q7 with its single frame grill that features thick crossbars, headlights featuring LED daytime running lights and 'minimalistic' detailing on its side. The rear, on the other hand, has distinctive taillights, a large bumper and the brand's dynamic turn signals. Audi is proud to say that the 2016 Q7 is lighter than its predecessor, shedding 325 kilograms and bringing the weight down to 1,995 kilograms. The mid-size SUV measures in at 5,052 mm long, 1,968 mm wide and 1,741 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,994 mm.
Audi PH also says the 2016 Q7 is more spacious than the outgoing model, with emphasis on more head and rear legroom. It gets an additional 27 mm more legroom and 41 mm more headroom. Like most Audis these days, the Q7 features a wraparound dashboard and the infotainment screen stands on the center part of the dash. The 2016 Q7 also gets Audi's new electromechanical gear selector and an electronic parking brake.
Another highlight in the all-new Q7 is its technologies. Audi's MMI system gets an update, now featuring a touchpad for direct inputs when accessing playlists, the phonebook and other vehicle commands. For the Philippine market, the Q7 also gets the Audi Virtual Cockpit that allows the driver to change the display on the instrument panel. The driver can switch between traditional displays such as the speedometer and tachometer, vehicle information or turn the instrument cluster into a navigation screen.
Audi PH will be bringing in two variants, the Prestige and the S Line. The Prestige packs all of the equipment stated above, while the S-Line adds sportier bumpers, sport seats and 21 inch wheels. The Prestige, on the other hand, rides on 19 inch wheels. Both Q7's are powered by a 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine with an output of 272 PS and 600 Nm of torque. Paired with an eight speed automatic transmission, quattro all wheel drive is standard in both variants. By mid 2016, Audi PH will be including a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four cylinder engine that develops 252 PS and 370 Nm of torque.
Prices for the 2016 Audi Q7 are as follows:
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Prestige: PhP 6,630,000
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S-Line: PhP 7,380,000