2017 Audi Q7 Starts at $55,750 for Gas Model
Pricing for TDI Model Conspicuously Absent
Audi today released pricing information for its new 2017 Q7 three-row fullsize SUV, with the 3.0T Quattro model started at $55,750, including $950 destination. The top-trim Prestige package starts at $65,250, including destination. Conspicuously absent from the release was pricing or any mention of the TDI model. Recent revelations in the TDI emissions cheating probe revealed that VW/Audi’s 3.0L TDI V-6 may also have cheat software installed. The TDI engine was part of the original engine lineup on the Q7 before the scandal broke and, presumably, will be offered once again once Audi receives the free and clear from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
As is the trend among many models and automakers now, light weight was a key priority in the development of the Q7, and the 2017 model is reportedly 475 pounds lighter than its predecessor. However, that weight loss has not affected capability, with the new model boasting a 7,700-pound towing capacity, an increase of 1,100 pounds. The technology-packed Q7 features a cornucopia of safety, entertainment, and connectivity technologies, including an available 23-speaker, 1,920-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, full-LED lighting, emergency braking up to 137 mph, and adaptive cruise control. The Q7 also features available adaptive air suspension and all-wheel steering for increased maneuverability and stability.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Q7 is expected later in 2016 or 2017. Two versions were developed, one with a 2.0L GDI turbo I-4 and another with the 3.0L TDI. Depending on the outcome of the emissions probe, the U.S. market could get either of the two engines.