2015 Audi Q7
Audi managed to dodge the whole SUV craze of the late 90's, simply because they weren't in the truck business. At the time, automakers just took one of their existing pickup truck chassis, screwed on a family-friendly wagon body and viola! Instant best seller.
The problem with those craze inspired SUVs was their lack of on-road refinement. Every pothole and pavement crease would send them bouncing down the road like a rubber ball. And most were made with all the care of a Soviet-era typewriter. But God, did they sell!
Audi wisely abstained from the whole FadUV phase, figuring that no self-respecting European would ever buy one. So developing and building a U.S. only product didn't make good sense. However, they had the good sense to borrow VW's automotive crystal ball, and what they saw, landed them ahead of the curve.
Porsche, and Audi's parent company, VW (the biggest car company in the world, as of 2015), started developing a crossover platform that could be shared between Porsche, VW & Audi. By using a unibody chassis, more refined driving charistics could be dialed in. Allowing each car brand to build an SUV that matched the driving characteristics of their cars.
Using the PL71 chassis, VW launched the Touareg, Porsche released its blasphemous Cayenne, and Audi added a few inches to the platform to create the 7 passenger Q7. Obviously, the Porsche is the best one to drive. But the Audi Q7 is undoubtedly the most luxurious and comfortable.
All three brutes hit the market just in time for the next big craze: Crossovers
2015 Audi Q7 - Changes
The luxurious Audi Q-Ship is a fullsize AWD crossover, that was designed to play in the same league as the 2015 Mercedes GL and 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Needless to say, it's nice. The inside is like an oil sheiks bathroom, with expensive materials, and fixtures that are a joy to use. Adding to the already impressive options list on the 2015 Audi Q7 is a new rear seat entertainment system, which is now integrated into the front seat headrests. The rest of the interior is typical Audi perfection. So they left it alone for 2015.
While we're on the subject, the interior of the 2015 Audi Q7 is probably the nicest in the LuxUV class. The ergonomics are spot-on, the controls click with perfection, and the design will probably never go out of style. Granted, the exterior is a bit anonymous. But since you're going to be spending all of your time on the inside, wouldn't you rather have a nice interior, than a fashionable crossover with lesser accoutrements?
A more meaningful change comes under the hood of the 2015 Audi Q7 TDI. The old 3.0 TDI has been replaced with a more powerful 3.0 liter which makes 15 more ponies than the old one. The new power output for the 2015 Audi Q7 TDI is 240-hp and a colossal 406 ft-lbs of torque. The engine block made from a new lightweight material called Compacted Graphite Iron. Audi says their new material has the same strength properties as an iron engine block, but it weighs 55 lbs less than the old motor. When combined with the new 8-speed automatic, the lighter 2015 Audi Q7 TDI now gets 19 city / 28 hwy / 22 combined. A 12% improvement over last year's model (17/25/20).
In a Nutshell
The 2015 Audi Q7 is one of the most luxurious, and well thought out 7-passenger luxury crossovers on the market today. An example of Audi's attention to detail, is the "easy button" located in the rear cargo area. Press it, and the back of the truck lowers to make loading heavy objects/dogs a little easier. Granted, to get the easy button, you have to option the $2,600 Adaptive Air Suspension. But if you're shopping for a $60k luxury crossover, you already know that the toys are going to be expensive.