Audi just released details on the next generation Q7 set to be a 2010 model. The new Q7 will receive a big exterior update to include new front and rear LED lighting to include the daytime running lights, turn signals, and brake lights. A new optional headlight system includes zenon bulbs with low beam, high beam, and super highway beam, and is controlled with an adaptive front lighting system. Other exterior changes include chrome accents, two-tone exterior mirrors, new wheel designs, updated front and rear bumpers, four new paint colors (one of which you see here,) and a new shape for the rear liftgate to accommodate license plates from around the world.
In addition to the exterior updates, the 2010 Q7 will get new ventilated leather front seats, a redesigned instrument cluster, extra chrome and wood trim, new interior color choices, a new ambient door lighting, and the third generation MMI system, which includes cool new features like 3D navigation and voice activated controls that let you say things like “I’m hungry” to lead you to a restaurant, or “I need gas” for a gas station, instead of the roundabout way most systems require (i.e. “Navigation” > “Category” > “Restaurant” – etc.)
The US version of the Q7 will be available in three different engine configs, all of which have increased fuel efficiency this year: a 3.6-liter, 280hp V6 which gets 14/20mpg, a 4.2-liter, 350hp V8 with 13/18mpg, and a diesel variant – the carried over Q7 TDI with a 3.0-liter, 225hp diesel V6 with 17/25mpg. Here’s hoping us Americans get the beastly 500hp V12 TDI engine option that the Europeans have.
The 2010 Q7’s main competitors will be the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GL, with the Acura MDX, Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg stealing some thunder. The Q7 TDI will be available this month, but expect the redesigned 2010 Q7 to be on showroom floors beginning in Fall 2009. Prices will be announced closer to launch.
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