ⓘ Audi Q7. The Audi Q7 is a mid-size luxury SUV made by the German manufacturer Audi, unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of this s ..

Audi Q7

ⓘ Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a mid-size luxury SUV made by the German manufacturer Audi, unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of this seven-seater SUV began in the autumn of 2005 at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2006. Later, Audis second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model. Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Q3, which went on sale in the third quarter of 2011. The Q7 shares a Volkswagen Group MLB platform and chassis with the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg.


1. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015



0–100 km/h performance for Q7 3.6 VR6 FSI is 8.5s, 4.2 V8 FSI is 7.4s and for 6.0 V12 TDI is 5.5s.

North American models

It was first released as 2007 model, with Q7 4.2 quattro available at launch.

Q7 4.2 TDI 2007–2009

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

The production version went on sale in early summer 2007.


1.1. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Features

  • Q7 was the first Audi model to offer Side Assist, a type of blind-spot detection and warning system.
  • Q7 offers an optional feature marketed as Audi Music Interface AMI, to allow user manipulation of an iPod or similar MP3-style player, which can play through the Multi Media Interface.

1.2. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Engines


0–100 km/h performance for Q7 3.6 VR6 FSI is 8.5s, 4.2 V8 FSI is 7.4s and for 6.0 V12 TDI is 5.5s.


1.3. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Safety

Despite its multiple airbags and safety electronics, such as Electronic Stability Programme ESP, the Q7 scored only four stars out of five in the Euro NCAP crash test for adult occupant protection. According to Audi, this was caused by a design error, and has since been fixed in cars manufactured after the test which should allegedly lead to five stars. Official tests to prove this remain to be done as of March 2009.

However, in the United States, the Q7 received five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA safety test for both front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Q7 its Top Safety Pick 2009, with Good ratings in all 14 measured categories of the front and side impact test.

The 2015 Q7 has a rollover risk of 18.5%.


1.4. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 North American models

It was first released as 2007 model, with Q7 4.2 quattro available at launch.


1.5. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Q7 hybrid 2005

The Q7 hybrid is a concept vehicle using the engine from the 4.2 FSI with an electric motor to provide 200 N⋅m 148 lb⋅ft extra torque, and nickel-metal hydride battery. It has 0–100 km/h 62 mph acceleration time of 6.8 seconds. The vehicle weighs 2.410 kg 5.313 lb, 140 kg 309 lb heavier than the petrol counterpart.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Audi reportedly was going to introduce a hybrid version of the Q7 sometime in the future. However, the low US dollar caused Audi to drop the plans for the US market, but stated limited quantities would be available for the commercial market. Audis research and development chief, Michael Dick, later announced Q7 hybrid would be produced in limited numbers for test purposes only and that development work would focus on a more advanced lithium-ion battery-based hybrid system for the Q5.


1.6. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel 2010

The Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel is a version of the 3.0 V6 TDI with selective catalytic reduction. The engine was later used in the next generation of the Q7 for the European market. The 3.0-litre TDI S line can accelerate from 0–60 mph 97 km/h in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 134 mph 215.7 km/h.

US models of the 2009 Audi Q7 TDI Premium went on sale in 2009–04 with a base MSRP of $50.900.


1.7. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Q7 4.2 TDI 2007–2009

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

The production version went on sale in early summer 2007.


1.8. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Q7 V12 TDI 2008–2012

The V12 TDI engine was "based" on the diesel technology from Audi R10 TDI race car, though both engines are completely unrelated: the bore / stroke / angle of the blocks are different and they do not share a single component. The only twelve-cylinder diesel engine used in any passenger car, it was rated at 500 PS 368 kW; 493 hp and 1.000 N⋅m 738 lb⋅ft of torque. This gives the vehicle a 0–100 km/h 62 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds. The Q7 V12 TDI is, according to Audi, the best handling Q7 due to a revised suspension, tires and brakes. Audi claims the Q7 V12 TDI can handle a lateral acceleration of over.9 g on a 300-foot 91 m skid-pad.

The concept vehicle originally appeared at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.

Audi had announced V12 diesel version for the US market using diesel emission treatment technology jointly developed with Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz under the label "BlueTec". Audi cancelled the plan to federalize the Q7 V12 TDI for the US market due in part to the global financial crisis of 2008.

This V12 version is no longer available for the model year 2013 in anticipation of the cosmetic and mechanical update of Q7 for 2014. The auto listing websites, and, have shown the 2012 model year availability of V12 version.


1.9. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Audi Q7 coastline 2008

The Audi Q7 coastline is a concept version of the Q7 V12 TDI that features an Inuit white interior with wood decoration. The design theme was inspired by luxury yachts.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.


1.10. First generation Typ 4L: 2005–2015 Lawsuit on the use of the letter Q

In early 2005, Nissan North America Inc. filed a lawsuit against Audi over the use of the letter "Q" as a model name.

Audi is using the "Q" for the designation of their quattro four-wheel drive system, used in production cars for over twenty-five years. Nissans Infiniti marque had been using Q as the name for passenger cars the Q50 and QX for SUVs the QX50 and QX70 since 2013.

A settlement between Audi AG and Nissan was reached in late 2006. The agreement stipulates that Audi will only use the Q-prefix for three models, the Q3, Q5 and the Q7.


2. Facelift 2010–2015

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance.

Exterior changes include new front and rear lights which better incorporate LED lighting with optional LED turn signals and daytime running lights, new wheel designs, chrome accents, four new paint colors, and updated body styling in the front and rear.

A redesigned interior includes a new instrument cluster, new leather seating, ambient door lighting, new interior color choices, new trim, and the third generation MMI control system.


2.1. Facelift 2010–2015 Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro 2009–2015

It is a version of 3.0 TDI with selective catalytic reduction. CO 2 emission was reduced to 234 g/km with Euro 6 certification, but the vehicle is 50 kg 110 lb heavier.

Per Popular Mechanics 01 Oct. 2009. At 72.5MPH with a RPM of 2.200 - 2.500 the sweet spot of the top 6th gear, the car achieved a 29.6 MPG of diesel. The 8-speed transmission, available 2011 and later, was 11-14% more fuel efficient than the previous 6-speed transmission available since 2009-2010 model year in U.S. models.


2.2. Facelift 2010–2015 Q7 2011

A brand new facelift brought optional LED headlights, an 8-speed transmission, start/stop fuel-saving technology, CO 2 rating reduced to 195 g/km, and a wraparound tailgate design. Also more flat and metallic colors became available and 21-inch titanium-effect wheels became an optional extra. Certain models now achieved upwards of 37 MPG IMP. New Engines include 2 3.0 supercharged engines. One of the supercharged engines puts out 272 hp 203 kW and 295 lb⋅ft 400 N⋅m of torque. The other engine which is found on the S-line prestige Q7 puts out 333 hp 248 kW and 325 lb⋅ft 441 N⋅m of torque and is the twin of the engine found in the S4 and S5 cabrios. These engines replaced both the 3.6 and 4.2 L gasoline engines. Both engines have the same fuel economy.


2.3. Facelift 2010–2015 Q7 2012

Audi has added their new Audi Connect to the MMI system, which adds internet-driven POI search, via user input or via the voice control system, as well as access to online services delivering local fuel prices, news, weather and other information. Audi Connect also offers in-car WiFi connectivity for up to 8 devices.

2012 was the last model year for the V12 version.


2.4. Facelift 2010–2015 US models

The vehicles were introduced in 2006 as 2007 models. Available models include 3.6 FSI quattro and 4.2 FSI quattro.

Changes include standard LED taillights with available LED turn signals and daytime running lights and SIRIUS traffic system.

The production version went on sale in September 2006.

For 2011, the 3.6 FSI and 4.2 FSI engines were replaced by two 3.0 L TFSI supercharged engines. The base version develops 272 hp 203 kW 280 hp 209 kW for 2012) and 295 lb⋅ft 400 N⋅m of torque, while the S-Line has 333 hp 248 kW and 325 lb⋅ft 441 N⋅m of torque.

The V12 Diesel engine is not available in the United States.


2.5. Facelift 2010–2015 Transmission

All models include 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission as standard. A 6 speed manual transmission was offered only in Europe on the first generation Q7 with the 3.6 liter engine. From 2010 2011 model year in the U.S., 8-speed automatic transmission is standard


3. Second generation Typ 4M; 2015–present

The second generation Audi Q7 was unveiled in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The diesel- and petrol-powered versions were released for retail sales in 2015, followed shortly by diesel-powered plug-in hybrid variant, which is sold in Europe and will be available in the U.S. but not in Canada.

The plug-in hybrid, called the Q7 e-tron TDI Quattro, is powered by a 3.0 TDI V6 turbodiesel engine mated with an electric motor-generator placed in the 8-speed automatic gearbox to provide a maximum output power of 190 kW 255 hp and a maximum torque of 600 N⋅m 443 lbf⋅ft four-wheel drive. An electronically controlled clutch can disconnect the V6 engine from the rest of the powertrain. The 94 kW 126 hp electric motor is powered by a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of delivering an all-electric range of 54 to 56 km 34 to 35 mi. The Q7 e-tron produces CO 2 emissions between 50 and 48 g/km, and has a fuel consumption of 1.8 to 1.9 l/100 km 160 to 150 mpg ‑imp ; 130 to 120 mpg ‑US under the New European Driving Cycle NEDC. The Q7 e-tron accelerates from zero to 100 km/h 62.1 mph in 6.2 seconds in hybrid mode, and 0–60 km/h 37.3 mph in 6.5 seconds in all-electric mode. Its top speed in hybrid mode is 230 km/h 143 mph and 135 km/h 84 mph in electric mode.

Audi announced a Q7 e-tron TFSI at the 2015 Shanghai motor show, developed specially for Asian markets. Its 2.0 TFSI and electric motor deliver 270 kW 367 hp and 700 Nm 516.3 lb-ft of system torque – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h 62.1 mph in 5.9 seconds and for a top speed of 220 km/h 136.7 mph. The standard consumption of 2.5 liters of fuel 94.1 US mpg corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per kilometer 96.6 g/mi. All-electric range will be up to 53 km 33 mi.

The Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI 1984 cc, 185 kW / 252 hp is also available in the Russia, Canada, India and the Middle East.

The first units of the diesel-powered Audi Q7 e-tron were registered in Germany in April 2015. Cumulative sales of the plug-in hybrid in Germany totaled 344 units through April 2016.


3.1. Second generation Typ 4M; 2015–present Markets

The second generation of the Q7 will be the first of the Q7 to be sold in Bangladesh. For Marvel Studios Captain America: Civil War Audi debuted a commercial for the SQ7 directed by the Russo brothers featuring unreleased scenes from the car chase feature in the film as well as providing several SQ7 and other vehicles for the film.


3.2. Second generation Typ 4M; 2015–present 2019 facelift

The Q7 was revised for 2019, introducing styling tweaks such as a redesigned grille, front and rear bumpers, new side sills, chrome trim for the tailgate and revised exhaust tips. It comes with two-tone paint as standard, which highlights the front splitter, side skirts, wheelarches and rear diffuser in anthracite., a range of mild-hybrid powertrains and refined chassis.

LED headlights are included as standard, Matrix LEDs or HD Matrix LEDs and Audi Laser Light are offered as additional cost options. The HD Matrix LEDs and Audi Laser Light combines automatic controlled high beam with small laser module in each unit to double the range of the Q7s full beam.

Air suspension as standard. Audi has also expanded the Q7s options list to include a new active roll-stabilisation system. It provide active anti-roll bars, controlled by a 48-volt electric motor that automatically adjust to reflect driving style and road conditions.

Three mild-hybrid 3.0-litre V6 powertrains are available, with the choice of two diesels and one petrol. The entry-level 45 TDI diesel produces 228 bhp and 500Nm of torque with a claimed 0-62 mph time of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph. Mid-range 50 TDI models produce 282 bhp and 600Nm of torque, delivering a 0-62 mph of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. The 55 TFSI petrol model comes with 335 bhp and 500Nm of torque, with a claimed 6.0 seconds and a 155 mph electronically limited top speed. An eco-focused plug-in hybrid 55 TFSI e version will be introduced few months after initial sales.

Audi also offers a performance-focused SQ7 version, powered by a 429 bhp 4.0-litre V8 turbodiesel with 900Nm of torque; it has a claimed 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph. The US model will use a V8 engine with the same displacement shared with the US-market SQ8, albeit fueled by gasoline/petrol and producing 500bhp and 770Nm 568 lb-ft of torque; it will go on sale in late spring 2020.

Sales in the UK will start from September 2019.

Sales in the Thailand will start from 2020.

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