The Audi Q7 is the first-ever vehicle to be honored with the “Best Designed Interior” award. The SUV was also named a finalist in the “Innovative Use of Color, Graphics, and Material” category. The EyesOn Design Awards are given to the most significant automotive designs revealed at NAIAS as determined by North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers, along with academic chairs of transportation design programs and design leaders from other fields.
The 2016 Audi Q7 introduces new design language to both exterior and interior features, featuring a lightweight, multimaterial body and all-new chassis. While the exterior dimensions have remained similar to the outgoing model, the Q7 offers substantially more interior room for passengers with seating for up to seven passengers. Through a combination of clean and simple lines, minimizing the number of buttons while offering more technological controls than ever, the Q7 interior provides drivers and passengers alike a great environment and a comfortable driving experience.
Infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems have also been improved for Q7. The second-generation modular infotainment platform is on board, as is the Audi virtual cockpit. The new MMI all-in-touch control unit with a large touchpad streamlines and simplifies operation for the driver. Smartphone integration with Google Android Auto and AppleCarPlay are also available for the first time on an Audi Q7. A new Audi tablet is available that can be mounted onto the back of the driver and passenger seats respectively for rear seat entertainment as well as to operate MMI functions. The Audi tablet has been design to be automotive grade and tested to withstand varying temperatures. A new 3D sound experience offered by the available Bang & Olufson and Bose Surround Sound systems enable the listener to experience another dimension in sound that adds to the interior of the Q7.
The Q7 features a new portfolio of driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistant, which can provide assistance to the driver with accelerating, braking and steering the vehicle while it operates under 40 mph on well-marked roads.
The Audi Q7 will be offered with standard quattro all-wheel-drive. A new 3.0 liter V6 TDI clean diesel engine variant will accompany the 3.0 liter V6 TFSI engine for the US onsale date scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2016.