Audi Q7 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Audi Q7

2007-09: 68.3#160;in (1735#160;mm)


Overview [ edit ]

Safety [ edit ]

2007 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro (Australia)

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. [ 8 ] 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, with Good ratings in all 14 measured categories of the front and side impact test. [ 9 ]

North American models [ edit ]

It was first released as 2007 model, with Q7 4.2 quattro available at launch. [ 10 ]

Q7 hybrid (2005) [ edit ]

The Q7 hybrid was a concept vehicle using the engine from the 4.2 FSI with an electric motor to provide 200#160;N·m (150#160;lb·ft) extra torque, and nickel-metal hydride battery. It has 0–100#160;km/h acceleration of 6.8s. The vehicle weighs 2,410#160;kg (5,310#160;lb), 140#160;kg (310#160;lb) heavier than the petrol counterpart.

Audi reportedly was going to introduce a hybrid version of the Q7 sometime in the future. [ 12 ] 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. [ 13 ] Audi’s 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. [ 14 ]

Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel (2009) [ edit ]

The Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel is a version of 3.0 V6 TDI with selective catalytic reduction. The engine was later used in the next generation of the Q7 for the European market.

US models of the 2009 Audi Q7 TDI Premium went on sale in 2009-04 with a base MSRP of $50,900 (excluding a destination charge of $825, taxes, title or dealer charges). [ 15 ]

Q7 4.2 TDI (2007–2009) [ edit ]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

Production version went on sale in early summer 2007. [ 16 ]

Q7 V12 TDI (2008-2012) [ edit ]

The engine was based on the diesel technology from Audi R10 TDI race car, but with larger displacement. The only twelve-cylinder diesel engine used in any passenger car, it was rated at 500#160;PS (370#160;kW; 490#160;hp) and 1,000#160;N·m (740#160;lb·ft). This gives the vehicle a 0–100#160;km/h 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 inclination of over .9 g on a 300-foot (91#160;m) skid-pad. [ 17 ]

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. [ 18 ] Audi cancelled the plan to federalize the Q7 V12 TDI for the US market due in part to the global financial crisis of 2008. [ 19 ]

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, [ 20 ] and, [ 21 ] have shown the 2012 model year availability of V12 version.

Audi Q7 coastline (2008) [ edit ]

It is a concept version of Q7 V12 TDI with Inuit white interior with wood decoration. The design theme was inspired by luxury yachts. [ 22 ]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 Geneva Motor Show. [ 23 ]

Lawsuit on the use of the letter Q [ edit ]

In early 2005, Nissan North America Inc. filed a lawsuit against Audi over the use of the letter Q as a model name. [ 24 ]

Audi is using the Q for the designation of their quattro four-wheel drive system, used in production cars for over twenty-five years (Audi’s quattro trademark is actually an umbrella term for several types of four wheel drive systems developed by Torsen. Haldex Traction AB, and Borg-Warner. the latter being used in the Q7). Nissan’s Infiniti marque had been using Q as the name for sedans (the Q45 ) and SUVs (the QX4 and QX56 ) since 1989.

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

Facelift (2009–) [ edit ]

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