With the exception of the Q5, which is due for a generation change in India, all Audi cars now have at least one petrol-powered variant on sale
Audi has launched its flagship SUV, the Q7, with a 40 TFSI badge at the rear. It is available to order in two variants - Premium Plus and Technology. While the former is priced at Rs 67.76 lakh, the latter will cost you Rs 74.43 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom).
Both trims differ on equipment, but are powered by the same 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol engine. The powerplant is tuned to produce 252PS of maximum power and 370Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro drive system. The petrol-powered Q7 accelerates from 0-100kmph in 6.8 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than its diesel-powered sibling, the 45 TDI. The ARAI certified fuel-efficiency for the petrol Q7 is clocked at 11.68kmpl.
As far as features are concerned, they are identical to the ones found on the diesel-fed variants - the 45 TDI Quattro Premium Plus and the 45 TDI Quattro Technology. The list includes 19-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree surround-view camera, electronically controlled air suspension with variable damping and a panoramic sunroof. While the Q7 Premium Plus trim makes do with four-zone climate control, dynamic LED headlamps and Audi’s own music system, the Technology trim tops that with Matrix LED headlamps, a Bose 3D sound system and a MMI navigation Plus kit which includes an 8.3-inch touchscreen display with on-board GPS navigation system. Safety kit that comes part of the standard kit includes 8 airbags, rear view camera and Audi's Parking System Plus.
The Audi Q7 has always been one of the key performers for the company in India. The option of a petrol-powered engine will surely help in luring customers who are shying away from diesel cars. Once launched, the seven-seater Audi Q7 40 TFSI will lock horns with the BMW X5 xDrive35i, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC.
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