One of our readers, Arun Munagala, has spotted the 2015 Audi Q7 testing in Mumbai without any camouflage. The new Q7 might be part of Audi’s 10 product assault on the Indian luxury car market.
The 2015 Q7 features Audi’s new design philosophy which now sees its cars moving away from rounded edges to sharper features. There are three headlamp configurations one can order it with - Xenons, LEDs or matrix LED lamps. All three headlight setups may get the arrow- shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs) while the top-spec model gets the integrated turn signals.
A look at the side profile and its similarities to the outgoing model is evident, but the roofline rakes sharply at the rear and seems like the roof has also been lowered marginally. At the rear, the sharp theme continues complementing the overall design and even the entire mid-section below the tail lamps has been reworked. The tail pipes have been changed and are now flatter and rectangular.
Powering the new Q7 is a 3.0-litre TDI diesel engine in two states of tune producing 214/268bhp and 500/600Nm. Petrol power comes from a 3.0 TFSI producing 328.5bhp and 440Nm and a 2.0 TFSI churning out 248bhp and 370Nm. The most power output for the SUV comes from the e-tron Quattro plug-in hybrid model with a combined output of 367bhp and 700Nm of torque.
We are expecting the larger V8-powered diesel mills to follow. All these engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi is offering Quattro as standard fare across the variants. However, for India we expect Audi to only offer diesel engines.
The new Audi Q7 might go on sale in Europe and America by mid-2015 and we can expect the SUV to be launched here a little before the end of this year. While we await the pricing of the car like the rest of the world, we are more than sure that it will be priced higher the outgoing model. The new Q7 will compete with the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover and Volvo XC90 when it goes on sale here.