August 17, 2005

Audi moves ahead with 7-passenger Q7 SUV

Audi will unveil the production version of its new performance sport utility vehicle, the Q7, at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Audi expects to deliver the first Q7s to customers in the first quarter of 2006.

Audi Q7
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The new Q7 will “combine sportiness and versatility, sophisticated technology and the luxury of a premium-class vehicle” Audi said in a relase issued yesterday.

the Q7 will seat seven passengers in a spacious interior with “no less than 28 seating and loading configurations.” Both rear seat rows can be folded flat to provide a load area of 2,035 litres if required, without the seats having to be removed. If used as a 5-seater the Q7 boasts a load capacity of 775 litres.

When the series is launched in Europe, two engines will be offered: a new 350 horsepower 4.2-litre V8 and a 233 hp 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engine. Both engine versions come with a 6-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.

Naturally, the Audi Q7 will be equipped with quattro permanent four-wheel drive.

The Q7 3.0 TDI will retail in Germany for 48,900 Euros.

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