The second generation Audi Q7 will be based on the new MLB platform having a longer list of equipment and technology. It will get a much more expensive price tag compared to the outgoing model.
We have been seeing Audi testing the next generation Q7 extensively on our roads. This time our reader Swapnil Patel catches the upcoming SUV on test sans camouflage in Mumbai. Audi has created a niche in the Indian market with the Q7 being one of the favourite premium SUVs for Indian buyers. Immense presence, luxurious cabin and great snob value made the mammoth SUV popular in India within no time. It has got slight revisions frequently in terms of cosmetics and mechanicals but this time Audi will introduce the all new generation of the Q7 to hit the segment hard.
However, the second generation Audi Q7 is now a totally different car altogether based on the new MLB platform, having new dimensions with more luxurious interiors that are loaded with latest equipment. Consequently, the price will increase substantially compared to the outgoing model, which came for a starting price of Rs. 64.71 lakhs for the base 3.0 TDI version ranging up to Rs. 87.69 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 4.2 TDI variant.
The new Audi Q7 will get powered by two engine options. The Q7 35 TDI will get a 3.0-litre diesel that produces 272 PS of power with 600 Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engine churns out 333 PS of power with 440 Nm of torque. Both the engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and will come with Quattro all-wheel drive system as standard. The new generation Q7 won’t be priced under Rs. 1 crore and will launch in November this year, competing against the Mercedes GL-Class, BMW X5 and the upcoming Volvo XC90.