The gargantuan Audi Q7 can now be fitted with an updated version of the carmaker’s already frugal 3.0L six-cylinder TDI, promising even greater efficiency than the previous mill as well as more power and torque. The new motor develops up to 240hp (176kW) and 550Nm of torque and requires just 9.8L of diesel per 100km.

Improvements to the engine include a new a common rail fuel injection system and high-pressure piezo injectors. It produces a peak torque of 550 Nm, more than 90% of which is available across a broad speed range from 1,500 to 3,250 rpm. This is enough to see the new Q7 3.0 TDI accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 216km/h.

Power is sent through a six-speed tiptronic gearbox and quattro AWD with a 40:60 torque split during normal operation. Standard suspension consists of conventional steel springs but the optional pneumatic adaptive air suspension is also available.