Dieting Paid off Big for the Audi Q7: More Efficient than Ever

December 14th, 2014 by

The Audi Q7 is well-known for being one of the largest SUVs out on the road, but thanks to some changes made by the company it’s about to get quite a bit smaller. The Q7 is great for riding around in comfort and with plenty of space, but it hasn’t been the most efficient of SUVs out on the market. Audi decided to downsize their largest SUV offering for just that reason and the end result will be a much more efficient vehicle overall.

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Unbelievable Weight Loss

The Q7 went from being one of the heavier models out on the road to being the lightest luxury crossover SUV in its class. It did this by shedding a total of 716 pounds. The body and chassis were made substantially lighter through the addition of a new chassis and lighter materials throughout the body. All of the careful measures that were taken to lighten up the Q7 will have a noticeable effect on overall fuel economy figures.

Impressive Fuel Economy Boosts

Thanks to the changes that Audi made to its Q7, the automaker expects to see some significant improvements to fuel economy figures. They expect gasoline fuel efficiency to jump by as much as 28 percent and the diesel version to jump up by 23 percent. These figures will make the SUV much more competitive against some of the other mammoth luxury SUVs on the market and it really isn’t sacrificing much in order to achieve these improved figures.

Making Cuts

Audi did shorten its SUV by 1.6 inches overall and it made the vehicle about a half inch narrower, but even while doing that they managed to add overhead height to the SUV and enhance the space between first and second row seats to improve comfort even more from older versions of the vehicle.

Plug-in Diesel Power

The new version of the Q7 will also come with the option to get a plug-in diesel. This would help make the vehicle even more efficient while making it more desirable for those concerned about the environment as well. Not only that, but the hybrid power should help bolster performance figures as well. The plug-in version of the crossover will be able to go close to 35 miles running solely on battery power before the diesel motor needs to kick in to keep things moving.

Even though the Q7 is losing a bit of that size that makes it stand out so much, it’s improving upon its efficiency figures dramatically and even adding in a couple of nice features to make it more competitive on top of the efficiency improvements.

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