10 Things Families Need to Know About the 2017 Audi Q7

After skipping the 2016 Q7, Audi has announced the all-new Q7 is coming to dealerships in early 2016. Before you head out for a test drive, here’s what families need to know:

There is one powertrain to drive them all. The Q7 3.0T quattro features at 3.0 TFSI engine with an eight-speed Triptronic transmission achieving 333 hp at 5,500-6,500 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900-5,300 rpm.

It’s gone on a diet and joined a gym. Okay, not really but the new Q7 is longer and leaner than before, has lost 475-pounds and can now tow 7,700-pounds with the optional towing package.

There is more room for teens and tweens (and adults). When your family piles into the back of the all-new Q7 they’ll find improved interior space- more headroom, legroom and shoulder room in the second and third rows. Seven row seating is standard.

The seating is adjustable. Whether you’re hauling around kids or sporting equipment or tailgating supplies, you’ll be able to take advantage of the Q7’s split tumble-folding 35/30/35 second-row seatbacks with fore/aft position and seatback angle adjustments. Power 50/50 split-folding third-row seats with electric fold and return functions are standard.

There is room for five carseats. Each 2017 Q7 features five LATCH child seat mounting points (three pairs of anchors and tethers in second row, two pairs in third row).

Infotainment gives way to the virtual cockpit. It sounds exciting and it is. The Q7 has an available virtual cockpit featuring a 12.3-inch display that delivers vibrant color at 60 frames per second with NVIDIA® quad core processing power. That screen is where navigators will view Google Maps via a 4G LTE connection. The screen, situated directly in front of the driver, is fully controllable via the steering wheel as well as the MMI controls on the center console.

Audi has made their most recent safety technology available. Driver assistance technologies available include

  • Audi pre sense® basic – In the case of an impending accident, the technology can intervene to prepare the vehicle for impact. This process includes closing the side windows and panoramic sunroof, pretensioning the front safety belts, and preparing the brake system for a quicker response during an unexpected or emergency maneuver
  • Audi pre sense city – This technology is standard on the Q7 and can detect cornering and stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, at speeds of up to 52 mph and initiates full braking when a potential collision is detected.
  • Audi pre sense plus – supplements Audi pre sense city with a collision warning, as well as emergency braking up to 137 mph.
  • Audi pre sense rear – This option that comes standard on Premium Plus and Prestige trims, helps monitor the traffic following the vehicle and takes similar actions to Audi pre sense basic.
  • Vehicle exit assist – A side assist warning light blinks and notifies the driver when vehicles or cyclists are approaching from behind as the vehicle doors are opened.
  • Collision avoidance assist – This technology supports the driver when turning into the adjacent lane.
  • Rear cross traffic alert – Indicator arrows in the MMI display assist a driver when backing out of a parking space and can inform the driver of approaching vehicles, and in critical situations, a warning tone and brake jolt can be applied, prompting the driver to stop the vehicle.
  • Turn assist – This technology automatically asses the risk of oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn at an intersection (when the vehicle is stopped or under 7 mph and turn signal is activated).
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist – The technology automatically maintains distance from the vehicle in front, including braking and accelerating to help maintain a set distance. Between 0-37 mph, traffic jam assist combines acceleration, braking and steering guidance.

A Q7 driver can choose from seven drive modes. Audi drive select features up to seven drive modes. Standard drive select includes Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Offroad and Individual settings. Available air suspension equipped cars also include, an Allroad setting that raises the ride height by 25mm and an Offroad/Lift setting that raises the ride height by 60mm.

Audi has designed safety, security and infotainment systems to make the most of their 4G LTE connection. Integrations include:

  • Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available for the first time on an Audi
  • Safety and Emergency services, Vehicle Services and Remote Services
  • Online roadside assistance
  • Automatic Crash Notification (SOS)
  • Manual Emergency Call (SOS)
  • Stolen Vehicle Locator (SVL)

The 2017 Q7 comes in three trim levels. All with the same engine, the trim levels are Premium (MSRP $54,800), Premium Plus ($58,800) and Prestige ($64,300). Prices above exclude destination charges ($950), taxes, title, optional equipment, and dealer charges.

image courtesy of Audi
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