2009 Audi Q7

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What Changed for 2009:
  • New 3.0 turbodiesel model with 50-state clean-diesel emissions arrives Q1 2009
  • Optional S-line package on 3.0 TDI diesel with 21-inch wheels, 295/35 tires
  • 3.6 model adds standard Audi premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio, and a trip computer
  • Standard telescoping front sun visors on 3.6 Premium models
  • Standard front parking sensors and rearview camera moved to 3.6 Premium Plus model
  • Standard Audi side assist and voice recognition on 4.2 Premium models
  • 4.2-liter V-8 engine receives Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating, improved fuel economy
  • MMI Advanced now optional on Q7 3.6 5-passenger model
  • New 19-inch wheels optional
The Audi Q7 is a 7-passenger SUV. Now in its third year in North America, the Q7 is built on the Volkswagen 4L platform, a derivative of Volkswagen's 7L platform shared with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Larger than its German siblings, the Audi Q7 is designed for uncompromised luxury rather than extreme off-road prowess (all Q7 models lack a low-range transfer case). However, with Audi's standard quattro permanent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the Q7 is designed to be an all-weather SUV. For 2009, Audi adds the Q7 turbodiesel model with a 221-hp, 3.0 TDI V-6 clean-diesel (50-states) engine. Other changes include standard equipment adjustments on 3.6 and 4.2 models, and the addition of new optional 19-inch alloy wheels. The equipment changes on the 3.6 Premium model result in a lower base price and improved value by nearly $1,000, according to Audi.

All 2009 Audi Q7 models come with a 4-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty that includes a 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation. Road America provides 24-hour roadside assistance for the first four years of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Audi Q7 is offered in six models: 3.6, 3.6 Premium, 3.6 Premium Plus, 3.6 Prestige, 4.2 Prestige and new Q7 3.0 TDI (available in Q1 2009). All share the identical chassis and standard quattro permanent AWD system. The most significant difference in the models is found under the hood. All 3.6 models are equipped with a 6-cylinder engine while all 4.2 models offer an 8-cylinder powerplant. The 3.0 TDI V-6 engine offers clean-diesel power (50-state specifications). The designated Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige models feature a longer list of standard equipment and available options.

Standard features on all Audi Q7 models include leather seating, full power accessories, and an automatic dual-zone climate control system with multiple temperature sensors. While base Q7 3.6 models feature halogen headlamps and the standard audio system, the 3.6 Prestige model upgrades to Xenon plus headlamps and a Bose Premium Sound system with 14 speakers and 270 watts of output (also standard on 3.6 Premium Plus). A 50/50-split folding third-row seat is optional on the 3.6 models except the base, and standard on all 4.2 versions. Other standard equipment changes for 2009 include the addition of the Audi premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio, trip computer and telescoping front sun visors to the 3.6; telescoping front sun visors to the 3.6 Premium; front parking sensors and rearview camera are now standard on the 3.6 Premium Plus; the 4.2 Prestige model adds Audi side assist and voice recognition (with adaptive light discontinued); and the 4.2 V8 receives an Ultra-Low-Emission-Vehicle (ULEV) rating and improved fuel economy (+1 mpg).

Standard wheels on all 3.6 models are 18-inch, 5-double-spoke with all-season tires. The 4.2 Prestige model features standard 20-inch, 5-double-spoke bi-color wheels. Optional new 19-inch, and 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels are still available on all 3.6 Premium Plus and Prestige models.

Audi offers three different powerplants in the 2009 Q7. All-new for 2009 is the 3.0 TDI V-6 engine. It is a clean diesel that meets emission requirements in all 50 states. Audi says the engine will offer 221 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque and provide around 25 mpg highway fuel economy with a range of 600+ miles. Standard on the Q7 3.6 is a direct-injection, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp at 6200 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque at 2750 rpm. Mated to Audi's standard Tiptronic 6-speed automatic transmission, 2009 EPA fuel-economy estimates are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. Standard on the Q7 4.2 is an all-aluminum, 4.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 350 hp at 6800 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. Offered with the same electronically controlled Tiptronic 6-speed automatic transmission (with slightly different gearing), its 2009 EPA fuel-economy estimates are 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway.

Standard across the Q7 lineup, all models feature the latest generation of Audi's quattro permanent AWD system with asymmetrical/dynamic torque distribution, front double-wishbone suspension, and rear 4-link independent suspension. Audi adaptive air suspension, with five suspension settings, is optional on the 4.2 Prestige model. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control are standard across the Q7 model range.

The rigid occupant cell of the 2009 Audi Q7 is constructed with high-strength steel, aluminum crossmembers and reinforced 5-mph bumpers. The front passengers in all Q7 models are protected by two-stage, next-generation front air bags. Driver and front passenger seats also feature side thorax air bag supplemental restraints. All seven seating positions offer 3-point safety belts with automatic pre-tensioning. Audi's Sideguard head curtain air bags extend from the A-pillar and D-pillar on each side of the vehicle to protect passengers from a collision with side glass, accident debris and rollovers, Audi says. The curtain air bag extends the length of the cabin for all three rows of passengers. Side air bags are optional for second-row rear passengers. The Lower Anchorage and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is standard in all rear seating positions including the third row. ABS and electronic stability control are also standard across the board.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Audi Q7 receives 5-star ratings in both frontal- and side-impact testing for both driver and passenger. The Q7 receives a 4-star rollover rating from the agency. The 2009 Q7 has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2008 model was a \"Top Safety Pick,\" with \"Good\" performance in front, side and rear tests and standard electronic stability control.

Instead of cluttering the dashboard with endless buttons and switches, many automakers have engineered joystick-like multi-function controls to simplify things. Audi's version is called the Multi Media Interface (MMI) Advanced. It features a TFT color, high-resolution 7-inch screen. It is standard on all models except the standard Q7 3.6 5-passenger version, where it is an available option. The MMI is designed as a single hub for the entertainment, communication, information and control systems of the vehicle. On the Q7, it has the ability to control everything from the FM radio station to the vehicle's ride height. All MMI functions are easily accessed by the driver and front passenger through a central control button that can be turned or pressed. To simplify use, function keys on the dashboard may be permanently assigned to reduce the amount of keystrokes to reach specific screens or information. Other standard or available technology items include Audi side assist and voice recognition, an advanced parking system with rearview camera

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  • Name quattro 4dr 3.6L Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 43500.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Premium (quattro 4dr 3.6L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 46900.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Premium Plus (quattro 4dr 3.6L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 46900.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Prestige (quattro 4dr 3.6L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 46900.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Prestige (quattro 4dr 4.2L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 59220.00 Engine 4.2L/254 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
  • Name Premium (quattro 4dr 3.0L TDI) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 50900.00 Engine 3.0L/181 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
  • Name Premium Plus (quattro 4dr 3.0L TDI) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 50900.00 Engine 3.0L/181 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
  • Name Prestige (quattro 4dr 3.0L TDI) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 50900.00 Engine 3.0L/181 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
  • 12-way pwr front bucket seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar adjustment, adjustable head restraints
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
  • 40/20/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/collapsible second-row outboard headrests
  • Full length center console -inc: height adjustable folding front center armrest w/storage, dual cupholders, (1) front & (2) rear pwr outlets
  • Rear folding center armrest -inc: integrated cupholders
  • Velour carpeting
  • Front/rear floor mats w/fastening mechanism
  • Manual tilt/telescopic steering column
  • 4-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel
  • Backlit instrumentation -inc: tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, coolant temp gauge, digital clock w/date
  • Trip computer
  • Digital trip odometer w/service interval indicator
  • Driver info display -inc: 5-function trip computer, outside temp, auto check system, speed warning device, telephone, radio, navigation, pictogram display
  • MOST optical bus connecting infotainment electronics
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Pwr windows -inc: 2-stage button, pwr retention, pinch protection, 1-touch up/down at all locations, illuminated driver switch
  • Central locking system -inc: front/rear master switches, LED locked signal, programmable to auto lock at 8-MPH & unlock at engine stop
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: extended range, rolling code, tailgate open, panic function, interior lights, alarm system, integrated folding key
  • Remote tailgate and fuel door release in driver door
  • Alarm system -inc: theft-deterrent light, engine immobilizer
  • Dual zone automatic climate control -inc: (7) temp sensors, sun & pressure sensors, rear seat vents
  • Rear window defogger
  • Illuminated pwr glovebox -inc: valet lockout, drink cooling air conditioning
  • Coin holder
  • Dual front cupholders
  • (4) bottle holders
  • (1) ashtray in each rear door
  • Aluminum inlays
  • Leather shift knob
  • Black air vents
  • Left & right dual front sunvisors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • (4) assist handles w/slow retraction
  • Front & rear footwell LED lighting
  • Front & rear reading lights
  • Ambient red lighting in headliner for dash & console
  • Illumination for interior door release handles & air vent controls
  • Pwr outlet in cargo area
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Removable cargo floor w/waterproof storage underneath
  • (4) tie-down eyelets w/luggage net
  • Storage -inc: front seatback net pockets, passenger footwell net, tray under passenger seat, storage in all doors
  • 7-passenger seating capacity
  • 6-step heated front seats
  • 50/50 split-folding 3rd row seat -inc: 1-action lowering from rear, dual cupholders, collapsible outboard headrests
  • Full length center console -inc: height adjustable folding front center armrest w/storage, dual cupholders, telephone storage, dual front/rear pwr outlets
  • HomeLink transceiver in overhead console
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Wood trim -inc: beltline, center console
  • Aluminum air vents
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Center overhead console -inc: sunglass holder, front/rear sunroof controls
  • Driver seat memory
  • Color trip computer
  • Driver info display -inc: 8-color display, 5-function trip computer, outside temp, auto check system, speed warning device, telephone, radio, navigation, pictogram display
  • Audi parking system -inc: rearview camera
  • Audi side assist
  • Advanced key
  • Pwr tilt/telescopic steering column w/auto-entry feature
  • Driver info display -inc: 8-color display, 5-function trip computer, outside temp, auto check system, speed warning device, telephone, radio, navigation, telematics, pictogram display
  • Audi map-based DVD navigation system -inc: voice recognition
  • 4-zone automatic climate control -inc: rear controls, 2nd & 3rd row vents
  • Wood shift knob
  • Manual side & rear window sunshades
  • 18" x 8.5" 5-double spoke alloy wheels
  • P255/55R18 all-season tires
  • Black roof rails
  • Two tone front/rear bumpers w/lower in gray
  • Two tone body sills
  • Black window trim
  • 2-way low/high beam headlamps -inc: light sensor
  • Heated headlight washers
  • Front/rear fog lights
  • Coming/leaving home -inc: delay on exterior light shut off when exiting vehicle or activating remote entry
  • Body-color folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: RH convex, LED-based embedded turn signals, perimeter lights
  • 3 blink touch-to-pass lane change feature in turn signal
  • Privacy glass
  • Front wipers -inc: rain sensor, heated washer nozzles, higher resting position in colder temps to prevent freezing
  • Rear wiper
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Brushed aluminum roof rails
  • Brushed aluminum window trim
  • Pwr tailgate w/programmable opening angle & closing button on tailgate
  • Body-color auto-dimming folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH convex, LED-based embedded turn signals, perimeter lights
  • Xenon plus headlights
  • 20" x 9.0 5-double spoke bicolor alloy wheels
  • P275/45R20 all-season tires
  • Two tone front/rear bumpers w/lower in contrast paint
  • Xenon plus headlights -inc: light sensor, automatic self-leveling, retractable headlight washers
  • 19" x 8.5 5-arm V alloy wheels
  • S line bumpers & side valences
  • Heated retractable headlight washers
  • 3.6L DOHC 24-valve FSI direct-injection V6 engine
  • 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission -inc: OD, dynamic shift program
  • Hypoid gear front/rear differentials
  • Torsen torque sensing center differential
  • quattro permanent all-wheel drive system
  • Trailer hitch provision -inc: 5500# capacity
  • Independent double wishbone steel spring front suspension
  • Independent 4-link steel spring rear suspension
  • Servotronic speed-sensitive pwr steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Tool kit
  • Inflatable spare tire w/attached compressor
  • 4.2L DOHC 40-valve FSI direct-injection V8 engine
  • 3.0 TDI direct-injection 6-cylinder engine
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake pressure distribution (EBD)
    • Hydraulic brake assist
    • Electronic stabilization program (ESP) -inc: electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR), off-road mode w/hill descent assist
    • Programmable daytime running lights
    • 5-MPH front/rear bumpers
    • Crash sensor system -inc: central unlocking, interior lighting on, hazard warning lights on, engine & fuel pump shut off
    • Impact protection -inc: reinforced high strength steel/aluminum crossmembers, reinforced bumpers, rigid occupant cell
    • Front 2-stage airbags -inc: occupant detection
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags -inc: 3rd row protection
    • Seat belts -inc: 3-point, pretensioners, front & 2nd row height adjustable upper outboard mounts, front belt force limiters
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Rear seat lower anchorage & upper tether child seat provisions (LATCH) -inc: 2nd & 3rd row
    • Direct-measuring tire pressure monitoring system
    • Audi premium sound system -inc: AM/FM stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD changer
    • Sirius satellite radio w/3 months complimentary service
    • Multi-media interface (MMI) -inc: w/monochrome dot-matrix screen
    • Audi music interface -inc: iPod cable, MP3 playback
    • Multi-media interface (MMI) -inc: advanced MMI system w/TFT color, high-resolution, 7-inch display screen. control knob & buttons in center console
    • Universal phone preparation w/Bluetooth technology
    • 270-watt Bose premium sound system -inc: AM/FM stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD changer, AudioPilot, (14) speakers, 10-channel DSP

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