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2012 Audi Q7

2012 MY Audi Q7 continues to redefine the large premium SUV segment

The seven-passenger 2012 Audi Q7 highlights the brand attention to details through a host of features that exceed driver and passenger expectations for functionality and comfort.

The premier luxury SÚV in the Audi lineup provides impressive carlike handling and functional utility for every day driving. New for the Audi Q7 line for 2012 are S line® versions of the 3.0 TFSI® and TDI® models. The new S line package includes enhanced design elements, such as lower bumper and door trim in contrast paints, exposed dual exhaust tailpipes with polished tips, and matte Black trim on roof rails and around side windows.

A primary highlight for 2012 is the addition of Audi connect™ to the Q7 Audi MMI®
Navigation plus system enabling Google Earth™ and Google™ Local Search as well as
a rolling Wi-Fi® Hotspot for up to eight passenger devices.

2012 Audi Q7Q7 customers have the option of a gasoline turbocharged, fuel-injected 3.0 liter TFSI engine, or a powerful yet fuel efficient V6 turbocharged direct injection TDI clean diesel engine. Both variants provide more than enough power for city or highway driving and have the ability to tow up to 5,500 lb (6,600 with the available tow hitch package). With 280 hp at 4,920 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 2,250 rpm for the 3.0 TFSI, and 225 hp at 3,750 rpm and a whopping 406 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm for the TDI model, the Audi Q7 truly combines power with refined driving dynamics. The higher output 3.0T S line increases horsepower to 333.

The driver and passengers will appreciate the sense that the Q7 is sure-footed as well, thanks to the latest-generation quattro® permanent all-wheel drive system with asymetric/dynamic torque distribution in a 40/50 split. The eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and dynamic shift program adapting to more than 200 shift programs delivers smooth shifts and fuel efficient operation.

The exterior of the Q7 is athletic and muscular, from the Singleframe® grille and unmistakable LED headlamps to the mirror-mounted blinkers. The design, while visually appealing, is practical as well, with a coefficient drag of between 0.35 and 0.37, depending on the suspension choice, to aid fuel efficiency.


For all of its power and utility, the Audi Q7 features a luxurious interior designed for a premium driving experience, as well as passenger functionality and comfort. From heated and available cooled, twelve-way power front seats, to the fore and aft adjustable rear middle seats for increased legroom as well as the foldable seats in the third row with individual cup holders and storage compartments, the Q7 boasts variability and a pleasant cabin from all seating positions. This is even more pronounced with the available panoramic roof that gives the cabin a lighter, open feeling. Should the heat of the sun be too much to bear, pressing a button rolls the electric sunshade across the panoramic glass to provide shade and minimizing heat entry into the cabin.

The 2012 Audi Q7 offers the most advanced Audi technologies to make the motoring experience intuitive and connected. With Audi connect, the 2012 Audi Q7 models bring the world of mobile broadband to the car for the first time.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 280 hp
Torque: 295 ft-lbs


8-speed Automatic
Audi connect enables first-to-market Google Earth™ integration, which redefines the navigation experience. The realistic panoramic views and high-resolution 3D satellite and aerial imagery provides drivers with a better navigation experience. Audi connect with Google Earth also improves visual orientation with a 'camera zoom' feature that allows closer views or surroundings or destinations. Added to the high-resolution of Google Earth imagery is an overlay of street mapping data provided through Audi MMI® Navigation plus and real-time traffic information available through a SiriusXM™ Traffic subscription.


Audi connect also provides an industry-first factory vehicle integration of Wi-Fi service. This unprecedented mobile hot spot capability for passengers allows connections for up to eight Wi-Fi capable devices and permits passengers to connect to work or other networks.

2012 Audi Q7The Google Voice Local Search is also a first in Audi connect and it enables more
intuitive requests for destinations of interest, while also helping drivers to keep their focus on the road. With the 2012 Audi Q7 models, destination searches can be accomplished by voice command, using the innovative Audi MMI touch featuring the innovative touchpad interface, or by using the system dial.

Other features include, real-time information, such as weather, fuel price updates, and streaming news feeds (available to view when the car is at a stop).
The BOSE® Surround Sound System, or the optional Bang & Olufsen® Advanced Sound
System ensures that all audio is delivered with impeccable sound quality while the Audi music interface with iPod®/iPhone® connectivity ensures user friendly perusing of play lists and song titles via the Audi MMI system.

Safety is a priority with Audi, and the Q7 provides a variety of technologies, such as ESC, which is engaged if a dangerous driving situation occurs. A full complement of airbags, including Sideguard® head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats.. Vehicle construction includes reinforced high strength steel / aluminum cross members, reinforced bumpers and rigid body occupant cell to help protect all passengers in the event of a collision.

Source - Audi
2012 Audi Q7
The Q7 is the performance SÚV from Audi – the large, versatile automobile for sporty individualists. With its efficient engines and the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission, it sets standards in its category.2012 Audi Q7
Body and interior
The design of the Audi Q7 exudes performance and presence. The engine hood, the front fenders and the wrap-around rear hatch are aluminum. Add-on parts come standard in a contrasting color, or optionally in the body color with chrome trim. In Germany, the Audi Q7 models roll off the assembly line with the high-gloss package; other styling packages are available as options.

2012 Audi Q7
Thanks to its 3.00 meter (9.84 ft) wheelbase, the 5.09 meter (16.70 ft) long Q7 has interior room to spare. 27 different seating configurations are possible. The large SÚV is available as a five-, six- or seven-seater, with a choice of either individual comfort seats or a variable bench seat in the second row and an optional third row.


2012 Audi Q7The seat backs in the second row can be folded, increasing the cargo capacity from a volume of 775 liters (27.37 cubic ft) to 2,035 liters (71.87 cubic ft).

2012 Audi Q7
Three different types of seats are available for the driver and the front-seat passenger, topped by climate-controlled comfort seats that can be heated and ventilated. With its elegant lines and many upscale details, the interior conveys the typical Audi feel-good factor. The fit and finish knows no compromise.


Drive
The Audi Q7 engine lineup features six engines with six or eight cylinders. The two three-liter gasoline engines – supercharged V6 units with different power ratings – and the V6 TDI units are characterized by groundbreaking efficiency. The V8 diesel offers an impressive 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft) of torque. A recuperation system is standard; the 3.0 TDI also features a start-stop system and sophisticated thermal management.

The most efficient engine in the Q7 is the V6 diesel with 150 kW (204 hp), which consumes an average of just 7.2 liters of diesel per 100 km (32.67 ÚS mpg). Audi offers a particularly low-emission clean diesel model in the guise of the Audi 3.0 TDI with 180 kW (245 hp). Complex technology is used here to minimize NOx emissions.

Engine lineup:

• 3.0 TFSI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)


• 3.0 TFSI quattro with 245 kW (333 hp)

• 3.0 TDI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)

• 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)

• 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)

• 4.2 TDI quattro with 250 kW (340 hp)

All of the engines deliver their power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive via a state-of-the-art eight-speed tiptronic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) With its wide spread and long-ratio upper gears, this also makes an important contribution to efficiency.

Chassis
The Audi Q7 has a sophisticated chassis. Aluminum double wishbones mounted on subframes guide the wheels. The optional adaptive air suspension (standard in the Q7 4.2 TDI) with electronic damper control varies the ground clearance depending on the situation. The driver can choose from five characteristics using the MMI operating system.

Wheels range from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. Large, internally ventilated disc brakes provide the stopping power. Huge discs in lightweight carbon fiber-ceramic are optionally available for models with the two most powerful engines. The ESP stabilization program includes an offroad mode. A hill descent assist engages when going downhill offroad.

Equipment
Among the standard features in the Audi Q7 are two-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning, a light and rain sensor and the MMI radio operating system. A power rear hatch (standard with the top engines) and a rail-based load securing set for baggage are available for sports, recreation and vacation travel.

Audi offers an entire system of infotainment modules. The top-of-the-line version, MMI navigation plus, integrates a hard disk drive for navigation, music, and telephone data; a color monitor with 3D graphics; a DVD player; and voice control.

A ÚMTS module works together with the Bluetooth online car phone to establish a connection to the Internet and deliver the latest specially selected news, travel and weather information plus Google POI information to the vehicle. Drivers can plan their routes on their home computers, upload them to a special section of the Internet site www.audi.com and download them from there on starting the trip.

A push of a button is all it takes to display the map with attractive visuals, backed with aerial and satellite images from Google Earth, which are also delivered on demand to the vehicle via ÚMTS. Another system feature, the WLAN hotspot, enables passengers to connect mobile devices.

Another attractive function is Audi online traffic information, which provides up-to-the-minute traffic information and works faster than existing TMC and TMC pro solutions.

To go online, the driver only has to insert a data-capable SIM card into the card reader. A cell phone featuring the SIM Access Profile can also be used. No additional fees or separate contracts are required. Given the high data volumes, however, Audi does recommend an appropriate flat rate.

A special highlight is the 1,000 watt Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 14 speakers. Modern assistance systems round out the list of options.

The Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro
The Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro is the most powerful diesel SÚV in the world. Its V12 draws 368 kW (500 hp) of power from 1,750 cc displacement and delivers 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) of torque to the six-speed tiptronic between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. Requiring just 5.5 seconds for zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and with a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph), the Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro has the performance of a powerful sports car, yet consumes on average just 11.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (20.82 ÚS mpg).

The luxurious standard equipment of the top model includes 20-inch wheels, a ceramic brake system, the adaptive air suspension, a Bose sound system and sport seats.

Source - Audi
Model Year Changes

  • New 19-inch 5-arm-structure-design wheel: standard on TDI clean diesel; optional on 3.0T models
  • New S line plus package for Prestige models includes 21-inch 5-segment-spoke wheels in titanium finish, black optics exterior kit including matte black roof rails and window surrounds
  • Two new white paints are expected by late CY2011: a new metallic white paint and a new non-metallic white paint (to replace non-metallic Ibis White from MY11)
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