Photo courtesy of Audi.

Photo courtesy of Audi.

Audi's 2017 Q7, its flagship luxury SUV, will retail for at least $55,750 as it enters that model year with new driver assistance systems and connectivity features, Audi has announced.

The second-generation Q7 will go on sale in early 2016 in three trim models, including the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige with price tags of $55,750, $59,750, and $65,250.

The Q7 3.0T quattro is powered by a supercharged DOHC V-6 that makes 333 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi pairs the engine with an 8-speed transmission.

For 2017, the seven-passenger Q7 will offer availabel driver assistance packages including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist. Audi is adding connectivity such as the Audi virtual cockpit, a Q7 app for Apple or Android, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration.

The virtual cockpit provides a 12.3-inch display with an NVIDIA quad-core processor to display Google map images supported by 4G LTE. The display is placed directly in front of the driver to keep eyes on the road.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet