Described by their sales manager John Hayes as being Œevery inch an Audi‚ the new Q7 will launch on the Irish market in 5 and 7-seat versions with a choice of engines ideal for Irish market conditions. Prices, which are still being finalised, will be announced shortly.
Leading the model offering will a 3.0-litre, 233 bhp TDI with tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent four wheel drive, a model described by John Hayes as ‘a performance diesel with good torque and power to weight characteristics in line with what the market wants’. A 4.2-litre petrol version will also be available at launch.
Imposing in appearance, with coupe-like profile, dynamic styling and high shoulder line, the new Q7 is a performance car with rugged off-road capability and a genuinely spacious interior. It combines sportiness and versatility, sophisticated technology and the luxury of a premium class vehicle. On the road it excels with the performance and driving dynamics of a sports car; off-road it redefines the benchmark in its category.
Features available will include the latest version of Audi‚s acclaimed MMI driver control and command system. Standard will be 18‰ alloy wheels.
Adaptive air suspension and an electronically operated retractable tow hitch will be available as options.
Given Audi‚s dramatic performance in the luxury segment – with registrations running at 32 percent above the record 2004 level – the new Q7 will give Audi a strong foothold in the luxury SUV segment where annual registrations are currently running at around 1,600 units.
Aiming for a fifth record sales years in a row, ahead of celebrations planned for 2007 to mark 40 years of Audi in Ireland, the launch of the Q7 will form part of an even greater new model offensive from Audi next year when new additions will include the A4 Cabriolet (January) and a new Allroad version (June). Also on the horizon are high performance S model arrivals in the form of new S8 and S6 models due in late Spring.