2010 Audi Q7 (excluding $825 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):
Q7 3.6 quattro® (Tiptronic®) $46,900
Q7 TDI® quattro (Tiptronic) $50,900
Q7 4.2 quattro (Tiptronic) $61,000
· Distinctive new LED front and rear lighting complemented by exterior updates
· 2010 Q7 models include 3G MMI 3D navigation screen and SIRIUS traffic
· Interior enhancements include additional ambient lighting, decorative inlays and available ventilated front seats
A Fresh Design
The 2010 Audi Q7 with a freshly updated exterior represents a new chapter in the luxury premium SUV segment. In the front, a new single-frame grille and high-intensity headlamps lend the SUV a more aggressive face. LED daytime running lights are standard equipment on the Q7 4.2 FSI as well, and new lower fascia panels are standard on all Q7 vehicles. In the rear, a newly sculpted hatch with standard full LED taillights allows for easier loading and unloading of cargo.
With three powerful and efficient engine choices, now including a clean diesel option, the 2010 Audi Q7 conveys power and prestige while keeping an eye toward the future of fuels. Aided by the driving prowess of quattro all-wheel drive, the Q7 delivers unrestrained mobility to discerning buyers.
The Design: An Image of Power
From first glance, the new face of the Q7 is instantly recognizable as a symbol of power. A new Audi single-frame grille and redesigned high-intensity xenon headlights give the SUV a bold prow. Large inlets at the bottom of the front fascia channel air toward the intercoolers on TDI models and hint at the performance of the three available engines in the SUV. Audi xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights further distinguish the Q7 from the crowd.
A striking shoulder line defines the Q7 profile, with subtle bright work in key locations. Pronounced fender arches send a clear message of athleticism, while a long and elegant roofline gently slopes to the rear to create a cavernous interior without appearing bulky on the road. The design lends the Q7 an especially efficient shape, The SUV has a coefficient of drag between 0.34 (air suspension) and 0.37 (steel suspension).
New full LED taillights dominate the rear of the Q7. As stylish as they are functional, the lights command attention from drivers and onlookers alike. The sizeable rear hatch has been redesigned to allow for easy loading and unloading of cargo, while two large exhaust ports in the fascia further bolster the performance appearance of the Q7.
The interior: Luxury at its finest
The interior of the Q7 has been crafted to deliver the utmost in comfort and functionality, with spacious seating and ample storage space. Natural walnut, olive ash and other exquisite materials adorn almost every surface. The buyer may choose from a number of materials for interior surfaces, including alcantara on the headlining and roof pillars or premium Cricket leather for seating surfaces. Beautiful aluminum-look bezels accent air vents and various other elements throughout the cabin as well.
With a standard third row on all models, the Q7 can accommodate up to seven passengers. Like the second row, the third is built to fold flat, taking full advantage of the remarkable 72.5 cubic feet of cargo area. The Q7 offers impressive flexibility, with up to 28 seating and cargo configurations.
The Engines: Powerful Efficiency
Available with three lightweight and powerful engines, the 2010 Q7 gives buyers the choices they need for ever more active lifestyles. An FSI V6 engine Producing 280 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque and achieving an ultra-low emissions vehicle status, the lightweight V6 provides a perfect blend of power and efficiency. A host of Audi-specific technology is incorporated in the 3.6 FSI, such as FSI direct injection and a two-stage variable intake. Innovative technologies serve to make the 3.6 FSI a leader in powerful efficiency, achieving up to 19 mpg on the highway.
For the pinnacle of performance, buyers also may choose a 4.2 FSI option. The all-aluminum V8 engine delivers a thrilling 350 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, while an advanced FSI direct-injection fuel system provides remarkable efficiency. In fact, despite the additional cylinders and horsepower alike, the Q7 4.2 FSI achieves 13/18 mpg (city/hwy). Three catalytic converters with individual oxygen sensors help this SUV obtain a class-leading ULEV II emissions rating.
Unlike traditional fuel systems, FSI direct injection works by injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber instead of the engine intake runners. The advanced process ensures a more complete burn, diminishing waste and increasing power. FSI equipped engines also are able to take advantage of a significantly higher compression ratio and cylinder pressure, thus fully atomizing fuel and optimizing turbocharger and supercharger boost response as well as efficiency.
The Q7 provides premium SUV buyers with a new level of environmental responsibility with the addition of the TDI clean diesel engine. The 3.0 TDI engine delivers 225 horsepower and an outstanding 406 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,750 rpm, using a turbocharger and common rail injection technology to increase power output and fuel economy. An advanced particulate-neutralizing system helps the 3.0 TDI attain a ULEV-II emissions rating. Under normal driving conditions, the 3.0 TDI is capable of an amazing 25 mpg highway.
Tiptronic Transmission: Strong and Precise
Behind each of the engines available in the Q7 is a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The Tiptronic transmission continues to offer buyers the perfect compromise between a legitimate manual and an automatic gearbox. The driver may manually choose gears via the console-mounted shifter or optional paddle shifters located behind the sculpted steering wheel of the Q7. Shifts are quick and precise without sacrificing the smooth action of the Tiptronic automatic.
Safety: Excellent Protection
Audi knows protection starts at the earliest levels of design. The Q7 was built with a rigid body structure, designed to channel crash energy away from the cabin. Furthermore, the advanced independent suspension beneath the SUV provides a planted platform, capable of quick reactions during emergency maneuvers that belie the Q7’s size. In the event of an accident, the Q7 comes prepared with a gamut of safety equipment, including seatbelts that work in coordination with supplemental restraints to reduce the likelihood of post-accident injury.
The Q7 protects occupants with a number of standard airbags, including front and side units in the front row. Side airbags also are available for the second row. Standard on all models, SIDEGUARD side-curtain airbags protect all three seating rows in the event of a collision. The combination of standard advanced safety systems aboard the Q7 have earned the vehicle a five-star crash-test rating, which is the highest rating given by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Features: More from Audi
The 2010 Audi Q7 is available in three packages; the 3.6 Premium, equipped with a 3.6 FSI V6 engine, the TDI Premium with a TDI clean diesel engine and the 4.2 Premium, which boasts a 4.2 FSI V8 engine. All packages come equipped with a precise six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive an intelligent all-wheel drive system that uses a self-locking center differential to transfer power where it is needed most. Under normal driving conditions, 42 percent of driving force is directed to the front wheels, and the remaining 58 percent is directed to the rear wheels. The result is a perfect driving balance. If conditions warrant a change, the self-locking differential is capable of sending a majority of engine power to the axle with the most traction.
Standard on all 2010 Q7 models, servotronic power steering gives drivers a speed-sensitive variable assist strategy. At lower speeds, power assist is increased to ease maneuverability, for example in a parking garage. Decreased power assist is provided at higher speeds to increase steering effort and enhance steering feel and directional stability.
The 2010 Audi Q7 3.6 Premium comes standard with a wide array of features. Those include Electronic Stabilization Program® with Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and off-road mode. In off-road mode, ESP® includes Audi hill descent control. Hydraulic Brake Assist also is standard and provides an extra boost of braking power in an emergency situation. A standard tire pressure monitoring system provides an added level of driver information.
The exterior of the Q7 3.6 Premium benefits from standard LED taillights, contrast-painted lower body panels, and the signature gloss black Singleframe grille with vertical chrome accents. Brushed aluminum adorns the roof rails and side windows, and a power lift gate makes loading and unloading cargo easy. Inside, the driver receives a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel and a tilt/telescoping column. HomeLink® garage door opener, Bluetooth® hands free calling, and the world renowned Audi music interface with iPod® cable deliver added luxury and convenience, while the Audi MMI® Radio Plus allows the driver to control audio, climate and car setup with ease. Also standard, a driver information system provides a five-function trip computer, outside temperature, speed, and suspension information. Rain-sensing windshield wipers add to the level of driving ease inherent in the Q7 3.6 Premium as well.
The Q7 TDI Premium enjoys the same standard equipment as the Q7 3.6 Premium but makes use of TDI clean diesel engine and uses it as a differentiation strategy. Unique 19-inch five-arm V-cast alloy wheels, special badging, and a unique monochromatic full body paint finish with chrome accents distinguish this SUV from its gasoline-powered brothers.
The Q7 4.2 Prestige builds on the standard amenities of the Q7 3.6 Premium and the TDI Premium. The S line exterior package is standard, making the sporty intentions of the 4.2 buyer clear to all observers. Retractable headlight washers adorn the front of the vehicle, as do Audi xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and turn signals. A massive three-panel panoramic sunroof pours light into the cabin, and the standard 20-inch alloy wheels allow a glimpse of the powerful six-piston front and four-piston rear ventilated braking system.
Inside, the tilt/telescopic steering wheel is electronically adjustable and features a memory function. An attractive wood shift knob is exclusive to the 4.2 model and replaces the leather unit on other models. A fully automatic, four-zone climate control system is standard equipment, and Advanced key allows the vehicle’s doors to be locked or unlocked and the vehicle started without the use of a physical key. Instead, the fob merely needs to be in the driver’s pocket. Audi MMI® Navigation plus also is standard, along with front and rear acoustic parking sensors and rearview camera, and comes with a seven-inch color display, allowing users to manipulate the climate control, instrument cluster, navigation and audio functions. A BOSE® sound system with AudioPilot® noise compensation delivers a 14-speaker audio experience. The Q7 4.2 Prestige also enjoys an eight-color driver information display.
Buyers also may chose from a number of convenience and technology packages to suit their needs. The 2010 Q7 is available with a Premium Plus package that includes BOSE® Surround Sound, a memory function for the driver’s seat, Audi parking system with rear view camera and navigation with third-generation MMI, among other options. A Prestige Package adds Audi side assist blind-spot awareness and 20-inch wheels. The Audi Q7 4.2 is offered exclusively in Prestige trim. On the 3.6 and TDI, buyers also may opt for a Warm Weather package, Cold Weather package and S Line sport package. A Luxury Package adds an Alcantara headliner in grey or beige and ventilated Cricket leather front seats.
Audi adaptive air suspension allows the driver to specify ride height and damping settings, allowing higher handling limits both on- and off the road. On road, a lower center of gravity translates to increased stability, particularly at high speeds, and increased roadholding ability. Off road, the increase in ride height allows the Q7 to conquer larger obstacles, gaps, and crossings.
Three-piece panorama sunroof produces a unique, refreshingly airy driving experience and a light-filled interior atmosphere. Both front and rear glass elements can be tilted, and the front panel can be opened. The sunroof features an automatic power sunshade in the front and a manual sunshade in the rear. A mesh wind deflector completes the package, for extremely low noise buildup.
Audi adaptive cruise control monitors distance to the vehicle in front via radar sensors and automatically matches speed to maintain a driver-selected safe distance. Once the obstructing vehicle moves out of the way, the optional adaptive cruise control system resumes its normal preset speed. This second-generation system also has the ability to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Should there be a risk of a collision, Audi braking guard offers a two-stage alert as well as preparing the braking system in the event that full braking force is required.
The Audi Q7 will be backed by a new vehicle limited warranty that includes:
· Four-year/50,000 mile limited new vehicle warranty
· 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation
· 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four year
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