All-new Audi Q7 SUV revealed

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Audi Q7
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This is the new Audi Q7, which has been shown for the first time, ahead of its public debut at the Detroit motor show in January.

Set to go on sale in the UK in the spring, this flagship SUV has undergone a substantial re-design, with the new model gaining a less bloated, estate car-like aesthetic.

At the front, the Q7 wears Audi's redesigned trapezoidal grille, housed between slimmer LED headlamps. The redesigned front bumper plays host to larger air intakes, which combine with the sharply creased bodywork for a sportier, more aggressive look.

The rear tailgate design closely mimics that seen on Audi's smaller hatchback offerings, with a rectangular rear screen, heavy creases and large lamp clusters.

It's slimmer under the skin, too; Audi claims up to 325kg has been shed – dropping the kerb weight to around 1,995kg – which should have positive implications for the car's fuel economy, ride and handling.

All-new Audi Q7

All-new Audi Q7


This weight-loss regime is largely down to the Q7's new platform, which is made up of 41 per cent aluminium, and is shared with the model's sister cars, the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.

Buyers will have just the one engine option at launch: a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel developing 268bhp. If offers a credible blend of economy and performance, sipping fuel at a rate of 47.8mpg, and able to reach 62mph from a standstill in a rapid 6.3 seconds.

A lower-powered 215bhp version of that engine will also be offered later in 2015, along with a plug-in hybrid unit. An eight speed automatic gearbox is fitted as standard, along with Audi's Quattro four-wheel-drive system.

Price and specification details are yet to be confirmed, though the Q7 is expected to cost from around £45,000 when order books open in the spring. First deliveries are expected in the summer.