Audi will expand its Q7 4x4 range next year with a trio of new engines. The company’s first off-roader is on sale now priced from £37,285, with first deliveries due in July this year.
At first, only a 3.0-litre turbodiesel and 4.2-litre petrol engine will be offered. Audi expects that a resounding 85% of buyers will pick the more economical TDI.
However, whatcar.com has learned that Audi will launch a new 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine in the Q7 next year, followed by a 4.2-litre V8 diesel.
In 2008, expect to see Audi’s answer to the Lexus RX400h – a petrol-electric Q7 hybrid powered by an electric motor working in parallel with the 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine.
Once all the new engines are available, Audi predicts UK sales of 5500 a year, making the seven-seater more exclusive than rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class.
The Q7 shares around 10% of its parts with sister company VW’ Touareg and Porsche Cayenne 4x4. However, it is longer and wider than every rival, freeing up space for the third row of seats which will be standard in every model.
All Q7s will also be equipped with a six-speed automatic gearbox, climate control and air suspension, which can be raised to traverse rough terrain or lowered to make loading easier.
The premium off-roader market will be shaken up this year by new competition from the new Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes - and G-Class models.
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