Audi has unveiled the new Q7 at the North American International Auto Show.

Audi has unveiled the new Q7 at the North American International Auto Show.

Designed to set new standards in its segment, the redesigned model has an upright single frame grille that is flanked by xenon, LED or Matrix LED headlights. Moving further back, there's prominent character lines, a steeply raked D-pillar and an evolutionary rear end.

While the exterior styling has already drawn a lot of criticism, the cabin features high quality materials and a modern design. Notable highlights include LED ambient lighting, wood or aluminum trim and fabric / Alcantara / Cricket leather or Valcona leather seats. There's also an upgraded MMI infotainment system and a new climate control system with a separate TFT display and capacitive toggle switches.

The model can also be equipped with an assortment of options including 10.1-inch tablets and a 3D Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available including:

  • A 2.0 TFSI with 252 PS (185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 3.0-liter TFSI with 333 PS (245 kW) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 3.0-liter TDI with 218 PS (160 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 3.0-liter TDI with 272 PS (200 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque

There will also be a Q7 e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid which has a 3.0-liter TDI engine and an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with an integrated electric motor. This setup enables the crossover to produce a combined maximum output of 373 PS (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. More importantly, the model can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in six seconds, hit a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h), return 1.7 L/100 km (138.4 mpg US) and travel up to 35 miles (56 km) on electricity alone.

Regardless of which engine is selected, owners should expect improved performance thanks to a massive 325 kg (716.5 lb) weight reduction.

Check out the press release for additional information


Gallery: 2015 Audi Q7 bows in Detroit [video]