Audi Q7

Form Audi press: The 2010 Audi Q7 with a freshly updated exterior represents a new chapter in the luxury premium SUV segment. A new grille, lights, rear hatch, mirrors and rocker panels all contribute to the fresh face of the premium SUV from Audi. 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.

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 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.

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 with 280 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque powers the standard Q7. The 3.6-liter, direct-injection V6 offers 14/19 mpg (city/hwy). 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.

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.

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 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.

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