The 2018 Audi Q7 Is Packed With Technology

 

Audi first unveiled the Q7 to the waiting world back in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it was the first SUV from Audi. The first-generation Q7 lasted for 10 years, with Audi introducing the second in January 2015. Currently, the Q7 shares the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.

The Q7 is one of the largest SUV’s currently available, it will seat 7 adults in comfort and has been a good seller for Audi since its introduction. But the next generation 2018 Audi Q7 is on its way and promises much more.

Competition will come from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5.

Just how big is the 2018 Audi Q7?

Contents

1. How Big is 2018 Q7
2. A diesel Audi Q7 for 2018
3. Innovation
4. Expect to see it mid-year

The Q7 is a big SUV, even by American standards, but the updated 2018 Q7 model should be a little smaller overall, yet with increased interior space and comfort. It will also be lighter; some sources say anything up to 700lbs lighter, but we can’t see it being that much, a more realistic expectation would be about 300lbs, this is thanks to the use of aluminum throughout the vehicle including the body panels.

Thanks to the weight-loss, Audi will be needing to update the suspension and ride characteristics – the old suspension would be just too harsh.

There will be minor changes and style details such as a revised front grille, restyled LED headlamps and revised tail lights, again, in LED. The air intake in the front bumper will grow and overall, the SUV will look a little more sporty and aggressive.

Aside from the options like the S-Line, the Q7 will come in three different levels of trim for 2018 Audi Q7 interior; Premium, Premium Plus and the Prestige. Having said that, standard equipment fitted (even in the lowest model) will be good; we’ll see such things as rear-facing cameras, a BOSE 14-speaker surround sound system, voice control, panoramic sunroof and auto braking in the event of a collision. Overall, as you’d expect from not just Audi, but from what is one of their top models, equipment and trim will be luxurious; leather upholstery, heated seats (and steering wheel) and enough space for 7 adults.

The S-line is another option in a wide list of 2018 Q7 changes. It is expected that this option package bring more aggressive sporty styling for the Q7, features new front and rear bumpers, exhaust system and larger rims.


A diesel Audi Q7 for 2018

Under the hood, there will be two engine choices, plus a plug-in hybrid version.

The supercharged 3.0 liter TFSI V6 will produce around 333 BHP and 325 lb/ft of torque. And finally, there is a much needed / wanted hybrid; a diesel / electric hybrid that will produce about 400 BHP and 510 lb/ft of torque.

There is also the 2018 Audi Q7 diesel with 4.0 liter V8, making a much more realistic 435 BHP and a massive 664 lb/ft of torque. 2018 Q7 TDI diesel options for the North American market might be limited to this very engine, while the Europeans might receive a wider engine range.

Whichever engine you choose, they will all be driven through an 8-speed auto transmission (with manual control) and of course, the Q7 Audi 2018 will have the Quattro all-wheel drive system fitted to all models.

Innovation

A range of innovative technologies has gone into the 2018 Audi Q7, this includes the very high-speed FlexRay optical data bus technology that connects all of the electrical systems, we’ll also see the Predictive Efficiency Assistant which uses the route data from the navigation system to alert the driver of situations in which it would make sense to reduce speed, such as before curves, towns or speed limit signs that are not yet visible.

In collaboration with adaptive cruise control (ACC) and traffic sign recognition, the system adapts the preselected speed to the route and the speed limits. The predictive efficiency assistant, which can also take over predictive control of the free-wheeling function of the eight-speed tiptronic, has the potential to reduce fuel consumption on interurban roads by as much as ten percent.

As for features, we’ll see a range of clever technology being employed by Audi, but not of all of it will make it across the range of the Q7. We should see features such as Matrix LED lighting which is a digitally controlled adaptive lighting system, cross-traffic assistant which works up to 40 MPH, radar-assisted cruise-control – works up to the incredible speeds of 155 MPH, a trailer assistant, night vision assist which uses a passive infrared camera technology to detect pedestrians and larger wild animals and active lane-assistant which uses a camera linked to the steering to gently guide the car back in to the lane.

All in all, the Q7 will be packed with modern and useful technology. Other luxury manufacturers are going to struggle to compete directly against the Q7.


Expect to see it mid-year

We haven’t yet seen any official announcement from Audi regarding the release date, but we would think that the 2018 Audi Q7 will debut around the middle part of the year, possibly around June, with a full nationwide roll-out happening later in the year – we’d guess around September, but that could change depending on schedules.

The same with the official launch date, nothing has been directly confirmed yet, and of course prices will vary wildly depending exactly on what trim level you pick, or what technology is fitted, but expect the base price to be around the $60,000 mark.

2016-09-21 by Luke Widmeyer