2010 Audi Q7 Facelift U.S. pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Arriving in showrooms this September is the new 2010 Audi Q7. Pricing for the 2010 model, which receives interior and exterior upgrades, starts at $47,725, including destination. Notably, the amount, which is for the entry-level 3.6-liter V6 model, is about $3,500 more than the current model. The price increase can be justified with the model's improvements.

Take a look at the new LED running lights, taillights, or optional LED turn signals. Major exterior changes are the revised front and rear fascias and a new grille insert.

Interior improvements include decorative dash inlays, additional ambient lighting, and optional ventilated front seats. The new Q7 also receives Audi's upgraded third-generation MMI, with 3-D navigation displays and Sirius traffic updates.

Unchanged are its engine options: a base 3.6-liter V6, the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel TDI V6, and the top-of-the-line 4.2-liter V8 model. The TDI model was introduced just last spring and provides good fuel economy (17/25 mpg city/highway) from a rather portly SUV. The Q7 TDI Quattro starts at $51,725 and the top-spec 4.2 Quattro model is priced from $61,825.

It’s no wonder that the Audi TDI’s quiet, fast, efficient, and clean diesel, is well-loved by customers. That’s because it allows them to save time and experience as well as offer convenience and an extensive city/highway range, in a way that’s technologically sophisticated and clean.

The Audi TDI clean diesel engines follow the same emissions standards set in the U.S. for gasoline engines. However, its fuel economy is 30% better compared to V6 gasoline engines that claim the same range. Audi thus recommends that the FSDI direct injection engine use premium gasoline fuel, which is priced similarly to the ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

It’s slated to soon be available in the U.S. The Audi Q7 has a range of more than 600 highway miles and 25 mpg highway rating. Audi chose this particular vehicle to show the best in technology and fuel efficiency, features not known for this vehicle class. Audi has long prepared the TDI clean diesel for the U.S. market.

As a testament to its performance capabilities, the R10 TDI LMP1 prototype raced at the American Le Mans series for the past three seasons. It had won a number of victories competing in 24 Hours of Le Mans for three years.

The R10 TDI LMP1 has an engine that provides it with 650 hp of power and maximum torque of 800 lb.-ft. This proves that Audi’s models have the performance, endurance, and reliability in addition to advanced technologies. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2008, Audi used the high-potential and futuristic gas-to-liquid clean diesel fuel and even experimented with biomass-to-liquid fuel.

R15 TDI sports car participated in its first race during the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in March 2009 and won. The company started preparations for its racing debut for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2009.

The company started development of the Audi TDI clean diesel back in 1989 and so far the output was increased by 100% and the torque had increased by 70%. It was also cleaner by 95% with the amount of particulates lowered by 98%.

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