Audi redesigns its Q7 SUV from the ground up for its second generation, which comes out as a 2017 model year car.

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Styling changes include a more sculpted grille than previously.

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LED headlights are available as an option.

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Audi went for a sporting design over a brawny SUV look.

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With radar sensors at every corner and a surround-view camera system, Audi gives the Q7 many active safety features.

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Quattro all-wheel-drive helps handling and traction in slippery conditions.

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An optional air suspension adjusts from firm to soft, and provides a little lift for offroading.

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The Q7 comes with this supercharged 3-liter V-6 engine, good for 333 horsepower.

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Audi designers call this side trim piece, imprinted with the Quattro logo, a "blade".

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Among the interior leather choices is this rich brown.

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The second row seats are designed so a middle passenger can be as comfortable as those on the sides.

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Tumble-down seats give you access to the third row.

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There isn't much cargo space with the third row of seats up.

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Power-folding third row seats come standard, making it easy to open up more cargo room.

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Audi gives its dashboard a horizontal design to increase the sense of lateral space.

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Electric power steering changes its feel depending on the DriveSelect setting.

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Audi calls the shifter for the eight-speed automatic a "yacht lever."

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This touchpad lets you trace letters for destination searches in the navigation system.

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You control the optional Virtual Cockpit instrument panel with buttons on the steering wheel spokes.

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You can change the size of the virtual gauges.

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Album art and track information become easily visible on the Virtual Cockpit.

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The center LCD shows a surround view of the car.

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The main menu uses an elliptical format.

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Google Earth imagery enriches the navigation system look.

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Audi offers a number of active safety features for the Q7, which can be set up from here.

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The destination entry screen is simplified, with a single box for business searches and address look-ups.

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Audi Connect includes a wealth of external data, from news to weather to parking availability.

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You can look up parking garages and see which have open slots.

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The center screen duplicates the Virtual Cockpit functionality.

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The Q7 supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Apple CarPlay includes third-party apps, available on subsequent screens.

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Instead of using Audi's navigation, you can use your phone's.

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Apple CarPlay includes its own music app.

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