Improved fuel economy across entire facelifted Audi Q7 range
20 April 2009

Audi has rolled out the facelifted version of its imposing Q7 at the Shanghai motor show, claiming improved fuel economy across the range.

All six Q7 engines are cleaner thanks to the introduction of regeneration technology, which converts braking and coasting energy into battery power. This reduces CO2 emissions by up to 5g/km.

The 4.2 TDI enjoys the biggest improvement in fuel economy, moving from 25.5mpg to 28.5mpg.

The Q7 3.0 TDI also gets an ammonia-injection catalyst, dubbed AdBlue. This scrubs nitrogen oxide and cuts tailpipe CO2 from 239g/km to 235g/km.

The Q7’s controversial looks have been beefed up further, with a redesigned single-frame front grille, a lower section painted in black or grey, and chunkier side mouldings.

The SE gets 19-inch wheels instead of 18-inchers, and Bluetooth phone preparation. S-line models feature xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED indicators and Bluetooth.

With the improvements come price hikes of £1590 for the S-line model and £550 for the SE variant.

Shanghai motor show

Audi Q7: chunkier - and greener, Bertone's Corvette ZR1 concept, New V12 for BMW 760Li, BMW X5 M shown in China, Brilliance goes electric, Buick eyeing Chinese market, BYD's E6 battery crossover, Chang'an E301 concept, Chinese to eclipse US car sales, Geely's new model blitz, Geely's Rolls-Royce clone, Great Wall's striking new 4x4, Official photo: New Jaguar XJ, MG6 to go on sale in the UK, Peugeot's three-wheel concept, Porsche Panamera, Roewe N1 will be sold in Europe, New small Rolls is called 'Ghost', Chinese VW Passat launched

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Audi Q7

Audi Q7 is accomplished, but doesn’t feel at home on UK roads

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