Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Q7 began in autumn of 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[2] It is the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2007. Later, Audi's second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model. Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Q3, going on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

The 2012 Audi Q7 is the largest SUV that the brand offers, with seating for up to seven passengers. The Q7 is just one of many players in the large and luxurious SUV field, which includes the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL, Infiniti QX56, Cadillac Escalade, and Lexus GX 460. Customers have their choice among three engines. First up is the 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6-engine that puts out 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The second is a more powerful version of the base engine--333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, which powers the Q7 3.0 S line model. Finally, a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 diesel engine provides a whopping 406 lb-ft of torque that translates into plenty of low-end grunt and higher miles per gallon. Audi offers the Q7 in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and the range-topping Prestige, which includes a number of exclusive items like Audi's adaptive air suspension and Audi's adaptive xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps. All trim levels come standard with leather, LED taillights, a power tailgate, and privacy glass..

The product range 
Body style: SUV Engines: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 3.0L diesel V-6 Transmission: 8-speed automatic Models: Q7 Premium, Q7 Premium Plus, Q7 S line Prestige, Q7 TDI Prestig

With an overall length of 200.3 inches, the Audi Q7 is currently the second longest vehicle the brand offers (the long wheelbase A8 takes the crown at 207.4 inches). Despite its massive size, Audi designers have managed to inject some style into the Q7 by way of the familiar corporate nose, brushed metallic trim, LED taillights, and large wheels that range from 18 to 21 inches. A new S line Plus package adds piano black accents on the front grille and window surrounds.

All three rows of passengers are treated to standard leather seats, automatic climate control, and Sirius satellite radio. A panorama sunroof opens up the interior quite a bit and is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models and optional on the Premium model. Additionally, all models come standard with ambient LED lighting, power adjustable front seats, and Bluetooth. Prestige models feature exclusive items such as four-zone climate control and ventilated front seats.

While most competitors in the Q7's segment are powered by big-displacement V-8-engines, Audi has decided to stuff its luxo barge with forced-induction V-6 powerplants. First up is the 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 that puts out 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A high performance version of the same engine is used in the Q7 S line, which puts out 333 hp and 325 lb-ft. Finally, a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel is rated at 225 hp and 406 lb-ft. All Q7 variants are fitted with Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system for added grip during inclement weather or for light off-road duty. Safety Standard on all Q7 trim levels are anti-lock brakes, quattro all-wheel drive system, LATCH, traction control, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, and an electronic parking brake. Six airbags are standard and rear side airbags for the second row of passengers are optional. The range-topping Prestige model features exclusive safety features like Audi side assist (which detects and warns if a vehicle is in your blind spot) and adaptive cruise control with braking guard. EPA Fuel Economy Q7 3.0T S-line: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway Q7 TDI: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway


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