Audi has been revamping all of its models in recent years, giving them a more aggressive look than the brand typically offers. Today, Audi has added another model to its growing list of redesigned vehicles that inherit this new, sportier look. This new model is the 2017 Q7.
For the new model year, the Q7 gets a complete overhaul that better matches the direction Audi’s design team is heading. Up front, this starts with thinner, wider headlights, a redesigned 3D Singleframe grille, a new front apron, and a redesigned hood just to name a few changes. Out back, the extensive overhaul continues with a redesigned rear hatch, new-look LED taillights, and more. This redesign has also resulted in a 475-pound weight loss.
Also getting a complete overhaul is the Q7’s cabin. In here, you’ll find a brand-new steering wheel, a restyled dashboard, a new tablet-like touchscreen, low-profile shifter, redesigned door panels, sportier seats, the available Audi virtual cockpit, and much more.
The 2017 Audi Q7 will be available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The base Premium trim comes standard with high-end features like tri-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, 10 cup holders, ambient LED interior lighting, leather upholstery with heated front seats, a 10-speaker audio system, keyless start/stop, and more. The Premium Plus adds MMI navigation, a hands-free tailgate, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The range-topping Prestige trim adds the Bose 3D 19-speaker audio system, Audi’s virtual cockpit, a top-view camera system, a heads-up display and more.
As with all Audi’s, there are tons of options available with the Q7. A small sampling of the coolest options include the $5,000 Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System that adds 23 speakers and 1,920 watts to the Q7, the $4,000 Adaptive Chassis Package with all-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension, and the $6,000 Luxury Package.
The only powertrain available with the 2017 Q7 is the 3.0-liter TFSI, which produces 333 horsepower from 5,500 to 6,500 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque from 2,900 to 5,300 rpm, which are gains of 53 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque when compared to the previous-gen Q7. An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission does the shifting. This powertrain combines with the new chassis and body to increase the Q7’s towing capacity to 7,700 pounds – a 1,100-pound jump.
Look for the 2017 Q7 to hit dealer lots in early 2016. It will start at $54,800 for the Premium trim, $58,800 for the Premium Plus trim, and $64,300 for the platinum trim.