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German luxury carmaker Audi has started local production of the new Q7 SUV at its Aurangabad facility ahead of its expected launch in January 2022. Audi had discontinued the previous version of the Q7 in India in April 2020 following the implementation of BS-VI emission norms.
The all-new Audi Q7 for India will be offered with only a petrol engine following the Volkswagen Group's decision to ditch diesel powertrains for the Indian market. The Audi Q7 for India is expected to arrive with a 3.0-litre turbocharged engine when it finally hits Indian roads.
The 3.0-litre VW Group EA389 engine is a V6 unit with a single twin-scroll turbocharger that sits inside the V of the cylinder banks. Under the bonnet of the Audi Q7, the 3.0-litre turbo engine produces 335bhp at 5000-6400rpm and 500Nm of peak torque between 1,370 and 4,500rpm. The engine is paired to ZF 8-speed torque converter automatic that sends power to all four wheels via Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system.
Audi claims that the Audi Q7 55 TFSI will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. From 2020 onwards, Audi has fitted the Q7 with a 48V mild hybrid system.
This mild-hybrid setup consists of a belt alternator starter that powers a 48V main electrical system in which a compact lithium-ion battery stores the energy. This system recuperates energy under braking. Also, when the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator of the Q7 when between 55km/h and 160km/h, the Audi Q7 SUV recuperates energy, rolls in idle or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off.
Another engine that could be offered under the bonnet of the Q7 is the Volkswagen Group's EA888 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. This engine is rated at 249bhp and 350Nm of peak torque and was recently seen under the bonnet of the recently launched Audi Q5.
The Audi Q7 is the second-largest SUV in the German luxury automaker's lineup. The Q7 measures 5,063 mm in length, 1,970 mm in width and 1,741 mm in height. The Q7 has a wheelbase of 2,995mm and it weighs between 1.9 and 2.45 tonnes depending on the engine slotted under the bonnet and the hybrid tech on offer. The Q7 offers a large boot that offers up to 865 litres of luggage space. This can be further expanded to 2,050 litres by folding down the rear seats.
The new Audi Q7 for India sports a revised look compared to the model last seen in 2020. The refreshed Audi Q7 sports a revised version of the Audi large grille which looks even more imposing than before. Flanking the grille are Matrix LED headlamps. The front end of the car also features larger air intakes. The Q7's exterior features quite a bit of chrome and at the rear, the SUV sports LED taillights and sits on large 19-inch alloy wheels.
Changes on the inside include a twin display setup for the infotainment system and driver's information console. The Q7 is expected to sport an upgraded sound system similar to the Bang & Olufson setup on the new Q5 along with a large panoramic sunroof and four-zone climate control.
Thoughts On The New Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 has been missing in action in India since the arrival of BS VI emission norms. With the return of the Q7, India's rich and famous have yet another option to choose from when looking for a big luxury car to ferry the family around town.