PGA Cars, the authorized distributor of Audi in the country, recently launched the all-new Audi Q7 at its Greenhills showroom.
The second-generation crossover SUV has a bolder appearance, with sharp lines as opposed to the previous model’s curvy design. Body strips finished in matte aluminum further enhance the athletic look.
Speaking of aluminum, 41% of the new Q7’s structure is made of the lightweight material, including the hood, the fenders, the doors and the tailgate.
Despite being 37mm shorter and 15mm narrower than the model it replaces, the new Q7 has an interior that is roomier, with a 21mm increase in space for rear occupants. Headroom has likewise been improved with an increase of 41mm in front and 23mm at the back.
Your eyes will easily be drawn to the dashboard, with air vents stretching the span, as well as a less-is-more approach with minimal buttons on the center panel.
Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 rated at 272hp and 600Nm, and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive comes standard.
Because it is 325kg lighter than the previous generation (depending on the variant), the new model accelerates faster, has a shorter braking distance, and has better fuel economy (by a purported 26%).
Just like the TT that was launched last month, the Q7 is loaded with tech. It comes with xenon, LED or optional Matrix LED headlights, and the Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch TFT display with GPS navigation (a new feature for the Philippine market).
Other optional features include Multi-Collision Brake Assist System (automatically triggers the brakes to lessen the chances of skidding), Audi Pre-Sense (tightens the seatbelts and shuts the windows and sunroof in case of a collision), and four-wheel steering for better agility.
The Q7 3.0 TDI is priced at P6.69 million, while the Q7 3.0 TDI S line, which will arrive soon, will sell for P7.38 million.