The Q7 (internally designated Typ 4L) utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Based on the Audi Pikes Peak quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not meant for serious off-road use where a transfer case is needed. In an off road test through the Australian outback it fared well for a "soft roader". Although it lacks a low-range transfer case, it has quattro permanent four wheel drive system with a central differential lock, and an adjustable-height air suspension which helps in off road situations.
A brand new facelift and LED headlights with a 8 speed start stop, CO2 reduced to 195 g/km and a wraparound tailgate. Also full paint finishes and metallic colours available and 21 inch alloys in titanium effect and 37 miles to the gallon.
2011 Audi Q7 Review
All models include 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission as standard. No manual transmission is offered.