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Audi Q7

prodozeprodoze Posts: 4
Any insider scoop on the status of Audi's Q7 ?
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  • We've got a little info, and some pictures here:
    http://www.edmunds.com/future/2006/audi/q7/100298949/preview.html- ?tid=edmunds.f.mmindex.content.num5.0.audi*

    Not a lot of difference in appearance from the Cayenne.

    Need help navigating? kirstie_h@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • It is my understanding this will be a 7 passenger vehicle.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    There is now a teaser site up:

     

    http://www.audi.de/q7

     

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    A somewhat better look:

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  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    I have a cayenne....but I think the wheels and lowered looks really does the Q7 vehicle justice.

    I hope they make it really nice....with great handling, soft adjustable ride. Have a fuel saver option would be nice...like closing down 4 cylinders, or getting a diesel.
  • 3rdgin3rdgin Posts: 22
    Would love to find out the interior specs on this thing. The back looks really small to handle a third row seat.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    The Audi Q7 looks nice, but I would like to see how the interior. Everyone praises Audi for it's interiors, so I'd like to see if this interior is worthy of all that praise.

    I doubt the Q7 will be able to have a third row seat. It is based on the Cayenne and Touareg, and both of them have a really small space behind the second row. Also that sloping roofline isn't good for a third row seat - lack of headroom.

    A month ago I read that Nissan(Infiniti) was suing Audi because it had copied the Q letter name from it's vehicles. You know, QX56, QX4, Q45. What happened to that lawsuit? Audi should just call this SUV the A7. Kind of silly when you consider two companies fighting in court over a letter of the alphabet.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,652
    Never seen the Touareg in person...the pictures behind the 2nd row look HUGE.

    The Q7 is supposed to be a stretched version of that...not sure how stretched.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    I reallly think it looks quite different- the Porsche looks like a clumsy beer-belly ex-football player, while the Audi looks like a young ameteur bodybuilder. On the outside, then, the Volkswagen is your average guy, but on the inside it exceeds. In my opinion, though, the Q7 is the best of the trio and will give BMW and their upcoming X5 quite a fright.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    About fuel-saving, Audi is developing two hybrids for the Q7. It's much smarter, better-looking, faster (in V10 and V8 guise), and nicer than a Cayenne... but, it's still less expensive. I think you should get on the list... NOW!!! ( All you'll be losing is a bit of brand cachet and a lot of stupidity)
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    I don't think Volkswagen will be taking Nissan seriously in this lawsuit. Any car company has any right to the letter of the alphabet. They wouldn't call it the A7 because if they had the SUVs being called A7 and A5, there would be no room for the A7 (A6 coupe and/or convertible), and A5 (A4 coupe). The interior will be very nice... supposed to be similar to the A6. Besides, what recent Audi, in its class, hasn't had a nice interior? It will have a third row seat. If you read about it, the platform was stretched six inches on the Q7 to accomadate it. It'll have headroom, too. Most of these pictures are artist's interpretations.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    You sure about that third row? Based on the exterior pics of the vehicle, I'd say the third row is strictly small kids.

    About the name, I think you're right. Volkswagen will probably just use the Q letter. After all, who's going to confuse and Audi with an Infiniti?
  • teamyonexteamyonex Posts: 42
    Suing over a Q... did you know the Porsche 911 was originally to be released as the 901, but Puegot had already claimed (copyright?) all vehicle numbers ending in "01", thus the 911 was born. Just a bit of trivia. Brand ID is everything is the auto biz, it seems. :)
  • 3rdgin3rdgin Posts: 22
    I was/am considering the Land Rover LR3 until I ran across the Audi Q7. When going through the car shopping phase, I looked at the Touerag, LR3, XC90 and some others. The LR3 suited my needs the best but I loved the Touerag's interior much better. No comparison between the two. My contention was that if I am going to spend mid 50's, I wanted an interior that was equal to the price. The Touerag is and the LR3 is just too utilitarian for me. Thank goodness the Q7 is coming out because I believe it is a good compromise to what I am looking for.

    Supposedly, the Q7 interior is very much like the A6. If you want a glimpse, just look at that sedan.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    I'm writing too much here...

    Anyway, I think you should look at the Q7, if you can wait. I think it's coming in the fall, or late summer. The Q7 is supposed to really stop sales of the Toureg and Cayenne. I agree with you about the LR3- very utilitarian. It's just bland, and business-like, like the new BMWs. I think that the Range Rover could've been a little more gussied-up, because it looks like an LR3 with wood trim on the inside. If they put some taste into it, it'd just be that much better. The Q7, on the other hand, is supposed to have a gorgeous interior. I'm pretty sure its interior will be a little nicer than the A6, justifying its premium. Not that the A6 isn't nice enough, it's arguably the best-designed car in its class. Good choice.
  • 3rdgin3rdgin Posts: 22
    esf,

    From what I read the Q7 was coming out Spring of '06. (I t really doesn't matter the timing. I have an '03 vehicle so I am not in a hurry.) It sure would be nice for a late summer or fall release. My experience is that it is very rare nowadays for a vehicle to be released the same calendar year as the model. Fall would make sense.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Audi says, "It is greater to lead than follow."

    So why are they going to make an SUV?
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,652
    They said IT is greater to lead...they didn't say they did the leading... :P
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Don't you think they are implying that they aren't following?

    If Audi said, "all-wheel drive is better than front-wheel drive" yet didn't offer awd, don't you think that would be a dumb slogan?
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