The starting price for the Audi Q7 SUV has come down to £47,755 with the release of a new, lower-powered diesel engine.
The new Q7, which offers seven seats as standard in the UK, is now available with a choice of two 3.0-litre V6 diesels. The new addition to the range comes with 215bhp and 369lb ft of torque, while promising CO2 emissions as low as 148g/km and combined fuel economy of 49.6mpg. It is capable of 0-62mph in a claimed 7.3sec and has a 134mph top speed.
The higher-powered 3.0 TDI provides 268bhp and 442lb ft of torque and has a claimed 0-62mph time of 6.5sec and a 145mph top speed, along with combined fuel economy of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 153g/km.
Both versions of the car are available to order, with the new engine due for first deliveries in October.
The German car maker says the big seven-seat SUV has shed a significant 240kg over its equivalent predecessor, while the five-seat version has dropped 325kg.
The enormous drop in kerb weight is credited to a detailed weight reduction program that has cut 100kg from the Q7’s suspension and 71kg from the body – some 24kg of which has been achieved through the adoption of aluminium doors alone.
Further reductions in weight have also been made possible by a new electric architecture and refinements to the floorplan, which now uses a greater amount of hot-formed high-strength steel and aluminium.
Ingolstadt’s flagship SUV features an evolutionary appearance, with a bold new single-frame grille similar in design to that recently brought to the facelifted Q3, more heavily defined wheel arches, tauter surfacing treatment, a more prominent shoulder and numerous crease lines within the flanks to help reduce its visual bulk.