Audi Q7 gets price hike for 2017

The redesigned crossover costs $6,500 more than its predecessor.

Audi has announced pricing details for its next-generation Q7 crossover, arriving for the 2017 model year.

The redesigned crossover starts at $55,750 for the entry-level 'Premium' trim (including $950 freight), representing a significant $6,500 jump over the cheapest 2015 package. Opting for the Premium Plus build brings the price up to $59,750, while the top Prestige trim commands $65,250.

Built upon an all-new chassis and wrapped in a lightweight mixed-material body, the new Q7 is approximately 475 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. It features a sculpted body and modestly refreshed styling, with improved interior space despite a leaner exterior profile.

The interior has been thoroughly revised with a modernized instrument cluster and an infotainment display that rises from the dashboard. Buyers have more customization options, ranging from luxurious Valcona leather to ambient lighting with 900 color combinations.

The flagship crossover serves as a showcase for Audi's latest safety and entertainment technology. The suite includes adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, automatic emergency braking, a head-up display and rear cross-traffic alert, among other safety features. Buyers can also choose a 1,920-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 23 speakers.

The price jump appears to reflect Audi's expected repositioning of the Q7 as a more upscale offering. The move leaves space for the rumored Q6 to slot into the crossover family at a lower MSRP.

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