The New Audi Q7 is Up To 325 Kilograms Lighter Than its Predecessor

Posted on 23 December, 2014

2016 Audi Q7 FrontThe new Q7 is an imposing car with the best height:weight ratio in its class: 5.05 meters (16.6 ft) long, a 2.99 meter (9.8 ft) wheelbase, 1.97 meters (6.5 ft) wide and 1.74 meters (5.7 ft) tall (with steel suspension). Although it is shorter and narrower than its predecessor, the cabin is longer and offers more head room. 20 years of experience with lightweight construction flow into the new Audi Q7. Equipped with the 3.0 TDI engine, the new Audi Q7 tips the scales at just 1,995 kilograms (4,398 lb), which is 325 kilograms (716.5 lb) less weight – the equivalent of a concert grand piano. It sets new standards in lightweight construction.

Our engineers have made a multitude of its components even lighter, from the body to the radiator to the aluminum brake pedal. The key is the body structure, where a new multimaterial design reduces its weight by 71 kilograms (156.5 lb). This places the new Q7 among the best in its segment. Compared with the previous model, the chassis of the new Audi Q7 is over 100 kilograms (220.5 lb) lighter – thanks to many changes. The links of the wheel suspensions, for example, are now made of aluminum and high-strength steel; the cardan shafts of the front axle are hollow; and the pivot bearings are aluminum forgings. 325 kilograms less weight and the low center of mass make it extremely agile. The large weight savings helped to significantly improve performance while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 70 g/km (112.7 g/mi). The new Q7 is the benchmark for weight and fuel efficiency in the premium SUV segment.

Source: Audi