The Audi Q7 luxury crossover SUV was revealed to the buying public in Frankfurt in September 2005. Production soon began later that year.
The Q7 is essentially a modified version of the Volkswagon Group PL71 platform and is intended for on road use, rather than serious off-road excursion. First released in the USA in 2007, the Q7 has received a five out of five star rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for safety in both front and side impact tests. It was also awarded a top safety pick award and received "good" ratings in 14 different categories.
The Q7 innovative hybrid concept car, which was also revealed at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, was originally intended for mass introduction. However, following further analysis of the plans for the car, which feature an electric motor and a nick-metal hybrid battery, the manufacturing goal changed and the car was only produced in very limited numbers for testing.
In 2009, a clean diesel version of the Audi Q7 cars was developed and the engine was used in the creation of the next generation versions, which were sold in European markets. That same year, further developments took place as the Q7 line underwent aesthetic changes, which included new lights at front and rear, new wheel designs, four new colours, updated body styling and new chrome accents.
Based on the old six-speed version, the gearbox that can be found in a nearly new Audi Q7 is noted for improving fuel economy by about 5%. In most used Audi Q7s, owners typically find exactly what can be expected from Audi: sharp steering, excellent chassis control, and decently smooth ride.