German luxury automaker Audi has launched the petrol variant of its flagship SUV Q7 in India. Launched with a 40 TFSI logo at the rear, the SUV has been offered in two variants, Premium Plus and Technology. While the Premium Plus is priced at Rs 67.76 lakh(ex-showroom, India), Technology variant will come at Rs 74.43 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Speaking at the launch, Rahil Ansari, Head, Audi India, said, “This is the year of ‘Audi Reloaded’ for us. Our flagship SUV Q7 was the only product in its segment in India when it was launched. We have taken a strategic decision to increase our petrol mix and started off the process with the launch of the Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI.”
Under the hood, the newly launched petrol variant Audi Q7 offers the same 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol engine for both the variants. The engine has the capacity to produce 248 bhp of power and 370 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to an eight- speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via Audi's famed quattro AWD system. The Audi Q7 40 TFSI has a top speed of 233 kmph and is capable to reach the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 6.8 seconds that makes it 0.3 seconds faster than its diesel-powered Q7 45 TDI. The ARAI certified fuel-efficiency for the petrol Q7 is 11.68kmpl.
Talking about the design and styling, the Audi Q7 petrol carries all the design, styling and features of the Q7 diesel variant. However, the only change can be seen in terms of the rear badging that says 40 TFSI. The single-frame grille and Matrix LED headlights, twin exhaust pipes and Audi’s dynamic LED taillights along with 19-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree surround-view camera, electronically controlled air suspension with variable damping and a panoramic sunroof continue to be the exterior highlights for the Q7 petrol as the pre-existing Q7 diesel variant. Apart from these, while the Premium Plus offers four-zone climate control, dynamic LED headlamps and Audi’s own music system, the Technology variant comes 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.
Moving towards the features, the newly introduced 7-seater Audi Q7 SUV comes loaded with a number of premium features such as Audi Virtual Cockpit with an all-digital instrument console, multi-zone climate control, Audi MMi infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. The SUV also offers ample boot space making it feasible for luggage transfer. In terms of safety features, the Audi Q7 40 TFSI provides eight airbags, ABS, ESC, Emergency Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control etc.
Firstly launched in December 2015 in the country, Audi Q7 was offered in diesel variant only. The addition of the petrol version is a part of the manufacturer’s plan of adding petrol variants to the entire Audi product line-up. The current prices for the Audi Q7 Petrol are pre-GST cess and are likely to increase after the GST cess comes into effect. The petrol version of Q7 SUV will take against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery as well as the upcoming Range Rover Velar in the country.