It’s normal to see an Audi undergoing tests in its German homelande, and we’re hardly surprised when we see them doing hot weather tests in the Nevada heat, or cold weather tests up in Sweden. But the Four Rings chose a particularly unusual place to test out their all-new Q7 SUV just ahead of its on-sale date..Namibia.
Namibia may seem like a random choice, but it’s not like Audi engineers spun a globe in their Ingolstadt offices and shipped a Q7 out to whereever their finger landed. The African country is a former german colony, and with its harsh conditions and rough terrain, it’s a demanding place for Audi to ensure their Q7 is up for anything its customers can throw at it.
The drive, which was conducted by Audi’s Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg and his chief development engineers, was used to put the finishing touches on the SUV. The ‘Final Approval Drive’ went flawlessly, and you can count on the updated Q7 arriving in dealers right on time.
“The new Q7 also marks the debut of the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, the Audi technology matrix for models with longitudinally mounted engines,” Hackenberg said in a statement. “Efficient development and manufacturing provide Audi with the flexibility to offer new technologies and drive variants. The new Audi Q7 is a statement of our competence. With up to 325 kilograms (716.5 lb) less weight, it sets the benchmark among the competition.”