No more spy photos and rumours. Audi has finally unveiled the all-new second generation Q7 ahead of its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
The new model is unmistakably Q7 with an evolutionary design that is cleaner and sleeker, giving the big SUV a very fresh look.
Besides a new design that is not the most exciting part, there are some major changes under the skin.
The new model has been put on a massive diet and is up to 325 lighter and 26 percent more efficient than the first-generation model. The base model weighs 1,995kg, making it the lightest in its class.
All that weight loss is possible thanks to lightweight, multimaterial body and an all-new chassis.
In UK, the Q7 will be offered from launch exclusively with a 3.0 V6 TDI engine producing 272 horsepower, taking the big SUV from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and returning an average 47.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 153 grams per kilometre.
A big news is the new Q7 e-tron quattro that will follow soon after, using a a plug-in hybrid system, a six-cylinder diesel engine and Quattro all-wheel drive.
The 258hp diesel V6 an a 95-kilowatt electric motor has a total combined power output of 373hp and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft, taking the big PHEV from 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds on to a top speed of 139mph. In purely EV mode 0-37mph comes in 6.1 seconds and the range is up to 34.8 miles.
Average fuel economy is an impressive 166mpg with a CO2 equivalent of less than 50 grams per kilometre.
There is also a comprehensive portfolio of new driver assistance systems, like adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistant.
A new rear seat entertainment system is available with one or two optional 10.1-inch tablets powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and featuring a full HD camera, 32GB of internal storage as well as Bluetooth, NFC and LTE connectivity.
Interior is cleaner with less buttons and the cabin is the longest in its class, offering more space than its predecessor.
Passengers have more head, shoulder and knee room. There are also optional two individual seats in the third row that are certified as Group 3 child seats. These turn the Audi Q7 into a seven-seater. If all seven seats are occupied, the cargo compartment of the new Audi Q7 has a capacity of 295 litres, or 770 litres in load configuration. In five-seater configuration it offers 890 litres and 2,075 litres with the second row seat backs folded down.
The new Q7 will go on sale in the UK next spring with prices to be announced closer to market launch.