Audi has updated its monster Q7 seven-seat SUV with ‘energy recuperation technology’, revised looks, and a new 3.0-litre TDI ‘clean diesel’ V6 engine.
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This new engine uses the latest high-pressure injection (2,000 bar) and an AdBlue additive that removes harmful nitrous oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gases to achieve Euro6 emissions compliance. These regulations don’t come into effect until 2014, however, so perhaps more relative to current motoring concerns is the 31.7mpg fuel economy.
Helping achieve this is the new energy recuperation technology now standard on all Q7s. Similar to ‘brake energy regeneration’ systems used by other manufacturers, whenever the car is braking or coasting this ‘converts mechanical energy into electric energy via the alternator and stores it within the battery to reduce load on the engine.’ It saves up to 5g/km in CO2.
New looks for the Q7
Elsewhere in the Q7 line-up the 4.2-litre TDI turbodiesel gets a power boost from 321bhp to 335bhp while also improving from 25.5mpg to 28.5mpg.
The Audi also gets new bumpers, grill, door moulding design and lights, with a much greater use of LEDs. Equipment is boosted on SE and S line trim levels, with all Q7s now including Bluetooth, there are detail changes to the interior and an optional new sat nav-infotainment system.
Prices for the revised Q7 range start at £38,575, with the ‘clean diesel’ starting at £40,075. On sale now, first deliveries in July.
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