The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV crossover unbosom in September 2005 at the IAA. It is the first SUV from Audi offers and sold in 2006. Later, second SUV from Audi, the Audi Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Audi Q3, go on sale in the third quarter of 2011. The Audi Q7 shares its platform and chassis with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne.
Audi Q7 Overview
The Audi Q7 uses a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Previewed by the concept car of the Audi Pikes Peak, the Audi Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not designed for serious off-road use where a transfer case is required. In an off-road test through the Australian outback that happened well for a “soft roader”. Although it lacks a low range case of transfer, it has quattro permanent four-wheel drive system with a center differential lock and a self-leveling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control, called adaptive air suspension, which helps in off-road situations.
Development began in 2002 under the code 716 AU, mainly focused on the Pikes Peak Concept. Design work has been frozen for the concept in July 2002 for presentation at the North American International Auto Show in January 2003. Following the introduction of the concept, the large-scale development began Typ 4L the PL71 platform. The production design was frozen in late 2003 for a late 2005 start of production. Prototypes entered the trial in December 2004, concluding development in mid-2005. He introduced that the mass production V12 TDI diesel engine passenger car in the world.
Audi Q7 hybrid (2005)
The Audi Q7 Hybrid is equipped with engine, 4.2 FSI with an electric motor to generate 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) of additional torque and battery nickel-metal hydride. He 0-100 km / h acceleration in 6.8s. The vehicle weighs 2410 kg (5310 lb), 140 kg (310 lb) heavier than the gasoline counterpart. The vehicle was unveiled at the Frankfurt Show 2005 Show. Audi would would introduce a hybrid version of the Audi Q7 in the future.
However, the weak US dollar caused Audi to abandon plans for the US market, but stated limited quantities would be available for commercial market.Audi Head of Research and Development, Michael Dick, announced more later Q7 hybrid would be produced in limited numbers for test purposes only and that the development work will focus on a more advanced hybrid system battery based on lithium-ion for the Q5.
Audi Q7 Safety
Despite its multiple airbags and safety electronics, such as the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), the Q7 got only 4-stars out of 5 (4/5 stars) in the Euro NCAP crash test for adult occupant protection . 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. The official tests to prove this remain to be made in March 2009.
However, in the USA, the Q7 earned 5-stars out of five (5/5 stars) to (NHTSA) test Administration National Highway Traffic Safety Safety for both front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Q7’s Top Safety Pick 2009 with good grades in all categories measured 14 test front and side impact. 2015 Audi Q7 is a risk of 18.5% refinancing.