2017 Audi Q7 gets $6,500 price bump

2017 Audi Q7 price and news

Second-gen SUV adds loads of safety tech, autonomous features

The second-generation 2017 Audi Q7 goes on sale early next year with a new selection of driver assists, interior tech and a completely refreshed design. The seven-passenger full-size SUV will sticker for $55,750. That’s a significant bump of $6,500 over the previous model.

The new Q7 comes equipped with Audi’s revised SUV design language with more straight, clean lines, more angular shapes in front and a lower stance. It uses the company’s new multi-material body with pieces of aluminum, high-strength steel and other lightweight materials to drop 475 pounds off the previous model.

Other surface highlights include LED daytime running lights, aluminum roof rails, integrated trapezoidal exhaust outlets and power-adjustable, folding, heated exterior side mirrors.

A 3.0-liter supercharged V6 delivers 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm. An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic with paddle shifters sends power to all four wheels.

The Q7 comes with a newly developed five-link suspension with a compact design, which results in a lower, easier-loading cargo area in the rear. An air suspension system is offered for cars with Audi drive select, and all-wheel steering is also available. The variable-ratio electronic power steering system is speed sensitive.

2017 Audi Q7 i2

Inside, drivers and passengers get more headroom, legroom and shoulder room, according to Audi, and split-folding second-row seats with seatback angle adjustments. Elsewhere inside, the Q7 gets a three-spoke wheel, an ergonomically designed gear selector and five LATCH child-seat-mounting points, so bring the brood. A panoramic sunroof is standard, as is three-zone climate control.

As with the other new Audis, the Q7 comes with the company’s virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display behind the steering wheel that uses Google Map images for one the best displays on the market. A full color head-up display projects the relevant info onto the windshield, while Audi pre sense basic watches the road and prepares the car if an impact is imminent. The optional Audi pre sense plus does the emergency braking if necessary and pre sense rear  — standard on Premium Plus and Prestige  — monitors traffic behind. Vehicle exit assist watches when you’re opening doors, rear cross traffic alert looks when you’re backing out of a parking space, collision avoidance helps with moose test maneuvers, traffic jam assist can steer the car through congested roads, and finally, turn assist assesses the risk of oncoming traffic when making a left. Who said autonomous cars aren’t here yet?

Android Auto and Apple Car Play are included, as is a specific Q7 app for both iPhone and Android.

The Premium trim starts at $55,750, including destination. The Premium Plus starts at $59,750 and the Platinum will set you back $65,250.

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