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Audi unveils new Q7 off-roader

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The Audi Q7 is one of the biggest SUVs in the business, offering a little off-road ability and seats for seven. However, the first generation model is both mammoth in size and on the scales. Audi claims to have solved this with its new Q7, however, which has shed up to 325kg over its predecessor – which should bring substantial improvements to economy, acceleration and handling.

The new Q7 also looks dramatically different, with sharper lines than the bulbous original car, with its more aggressive style making it look like an oversized estate car. Debuting at the Detroit motor show in January, Audi’s new flagship SUV is set to go on sale in spring 2015, with just one engine choice for buyers initially; a 3.0 diesel unit.

The 268bhp diesel motor offers a strong combination of economy and muscle, with the car capable of 47.8mpg claimed economy and sprinting from a standstill to 62mph in a speedy 6.3 seconds. A less powerful version of this engine with 215bhp will appear later in 2015, alongside a plug-in hybrid version which should best both when it comes to fuel economy.

All new Q7s will feature Audi’s ‘quattro’ four-wheel drive system along with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Prices and specifications for the new car are yet to be revealed. However, it is likely that the upcoming Q7 will start from around £45,000 when Audi starts taking orders in the spring. Expect to see the first new Q7s on UK shores in summer.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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