Following this morning's leak, Audi has officially taken the wraps off the second generation Q7.

Following this morning’s leak, Audi has officially taken the wraps off the second generation Q7.

Billed as being the lightest model in its class, the overhauled Audi Q7 tips the scales at 1,995 kg (4,398 lbs) with the 3.0 TDI engine. It's up to 325 kg (716.5 lbs) lighter than its predecessor and approximately 26 percent more efficient. The massive weight loss was possible thanks to a lightweight chassis making extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum which has made it more than 100 kg (220.5 lbs) lighter than before. A 71 kg (156.5 lbs) diet was achieved by implementing a multi-material body design including fully aluminum doors (shaving 24 kg), hood, front fenders and rear hatch.

Customers will be able to choose from xenon, LED or matrix LED headlights and all will come with double arrow LED daytime running lights, with the upper-spec models benefiting from dynamic turn signals in the taillights.

It has a drag coefficient of 0.32 and compared to its predecessor it's 37mm shorter and 15mm narrower while the height has remained just about the same. Despite being slightly smaller, the all-new Audi Q7 is actually more spacious on the inside where there's an extra 21mm between the first and second rows of seats and an additional 41mm front & 23mm rear of headroom.

Since we mentioned the cabin, it boasts the Audi virtual cockpit seen on the third-gen TT and there's also the latest implementation of the MMI infotainment system with a bigger touchpad. This new hardware setup has erased some of the buttons and knobs to enable a less cluttered dashboard layout while Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support will be available. The flagship SUV will be offered with either a Bose sound system with 3D sound or a more expensive Bang & Olufsen Advanced Audio System with 3D sound and 23 speakers packing 1,920 watts of power.

Also available is a rear seat entertainment system with one or two optional 10.1-inch tablets powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and featuring a full HD camera, 32GB of internal storage as well as Bluetooth, NFC and LTE connectivity.

Moving onto engines, we start with the 3.0 TDI rated at 272 HP (200 kW) and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) which is enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 6.3 seconds before topping out at 145.4 mph (234 km/h). In this configuration, the Q7 consumes just 5.7 liters / 100 km (41.3 mpg US) and has 149 g/km of CO2 emissions.

A lesser 3.0 TDI with 218 HP (160 kW) and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) will also be available but at a later date.

Audi is offering a 3.0 TFSI with 333 HP (245 kW), 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft) which does the sprint in 6.1s and reaches 155 mph (250 km/h). This one consumes 7.7 liters / 100 km (30.5 mpg US) and 179 g/km of CO2.

The 2015 Q7 will also get a 2.0 TFSI primarily in Asian markets and United States where it will put out 252 HP (185 kW) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft).

The most important novelty is the addition of an e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid model which has a combined output of 373 HP (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). It represents Audi's first ever plug-in hybrid diesel and has a fuel consumption of just 1.7 liters / 100 km (138.4 mpg US) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 50 g/km and a 34.8-mile (56 km) electric range.

The Audi Q7 e-tron has a 3.0 TDI with 258 HP (190 kW) and a 94 kW electric motor built into the 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. It needs 6 seconds for the sprint in hybrid mode and 6.1s to do 0-37 mph (0-60 km/h) running on electric power while the top speed stands at 139.8 mph (225 km/h). It will be available shortly after regular model's debut and will get standard quattro AWD.

The 2015 Audi Q7 will be available on order at home in Germany in the spring from around €61,000, with deliveries kicking off in the summer.

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