The extra cash isn’t going to waste, however, as the new Q7 packs a host of standard features and upgrades over the last SUV. Physically, the 2017 Audi Q7 is lower, leaner, and more efficient thanks in part to a 475-pound reduction in weight over the current Q7. The new Q7 handles its bulk better, especially when equipped with the optional air suspension.
The base Q7, which Audi calls the Premium level, comes standard with three-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, navigation, and 50/50 split-folding third-row seats.
Hop up to the mid-range, $59,750 Premium Plus Q7, and Audi adds pre-sense collision system with traffic monitoring. The top-tier Prestige Q7 rings in at $65,250.
Initially, all three trim levels of 2017 Audi Q7 will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6, which churns out 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels, and an available tow package ensures the Q7 can drag up to 7,700 pounds. Audi also has plans to bring a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to the Q7 later on.
The 2017 Audi Q7 goes on sale at the beginning of 2016.