Audi updates its Q7 SUV for the 2016 model year, completely re-engineering and redesigning it from top to bottom.

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The new look loses the curvy elements of the outgoing model in favor of stronger lines.

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This TDI model comes with a 3-liter V-6 diesel engine that Audi predicts will get an average fuel economy over 40 mpg. Audi will also offer the Q7 with a 3-liter gasoline engine and as a plug-in hybrid.

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The new Q7 comes in just a little shorter and narrower than the outgoing model, but Audi managed to create more interior space. The Q7 also comes in more than 700 pounds lighter.

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Quattro all-wheel-drive comes standard on the Q7.

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A fixed multilink suspension comes standard on the front and rear wheels, but an air suspension is also available.

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Third-row seating is available in the Q7, or it can be had as a five-seater.

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Rear-seat passengers enjoy plenty of head room.

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One of the major changes to the Q7 comes in the cabin tech, which gains a new version of the Virtual Cockpit introduced on the Audi TT.

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An LCD panel in front of the driver shows virtual gauges.

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The instrument cluster can also show the navigation system's maps, overlaid with virtual gauges.

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Unlike the Audi TT, the Q7 retains a rectangular LCD in the center dashboard.

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This demonstration module from CES 2015 shows how the Q7 will support Apple CarPlay. It also supports Android Auto.

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Audi created a new Android tablet system to serve as rear-seat entertainment, and much more.

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These Android tablets connect to the car through Wi-Fi, sharing infotainment functions such as navigation.

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Audi created a custom app for the Android tablets, although users can still bring up the standard Android desktop.

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The Android tablets let rear-seat passengers choose music that plays through the car's audio system.

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