Audi Q7 Towbars

Audi Q7 Towbars

Audi Q7 Towing Specifics

The Audi Q7 was first introduced in 2005 by the German manufacturer as a luxury crossover SUV, designed with strong towing capabilities. Currently, there are two generations of the Audi Q7, 2006-2015 and 2015 onwards. We will cover the towing specifics of both generations below.

Audi Q7 2015 Onwards Towbars

The Audi Q7’s second generation was launched into the market in 2015. If you have a 2015 Audi Q7, it is important you correctly determine which model you have to ensure you get the correct towbar. You can find this information in your vehicle’s logbook.

Audi Q7 2015 Onwards Towbar Electric Kits

It is recommended that all tow bars fitted to an Audi Q7 2015 onwards vehicle are fitted with a dedicated electrics kit. A dedicated electrics kit helps to guarantee modern features such as; trailer stability and parking sensors function correctly, while also helping to ensure that any vehicle warranty is not affected.

Although universal electrics kits are available for the Audi Q7 2015 onwards towbars, these could invalidate any manufacturer warranty you may have and will also require a bypass relay.

Check your Audi warranty for more information.

Bypass Relays

All tow bars for the Audi Q7 year range 2015 onwards will require a bypass relay if universal electrics are fitted.

A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle.

Whereas a dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.

Fitting a Bypass relay is necessary when fitting a universal electrics kit, to make the towbar electrics function without faults appearing on your dashboard, but we do not fit or sell universal electrics for this vehicle.

The connections would need to be made above the roof lining, this can easily lead to damaging of the roof lining.

The Audi Q7 switch the lights from the bumper to the tailgate when the tailgate is opened, if you were to break down whilst towing and opened the tailgate, the hazard lights on the trailer would not operate.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicle's software to run smoothly with the new towbar. Audi Q7 vehicles made from 2015 will require coding.

Coding is used to update your vehicle's software in order for it to run coherently with the new towbar through the dedicated electrics.

Bumper Cuts

Depending on the towbar, Audi Q7 2015 onwards vehicles will require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar. There are non-visible bumper cuts for the tow bars offered with the Audi Q7 2015 range.

Nose Weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For any Audi Q7 vehicle manufactured from the year 2015, the lowest nose weight is 140kg and the highest nose weight is 180kg. Nose weight varies depending on the towbar you choose and are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing Weight

Towing weight is the weight that an Audi Q7 2015 onwards towbar can tow safely, without any risk of damaging the vehicle. Towing weights are bar specific, and displayed below each towbar.

For the Audi Q7, the towing weight capacity for the tow bars is up to 3500kg depending on which towbar you chose.

You will need to check the towing limit for your Q7 vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.

How to identify the model on a change over year



Audi Q7 1st Generation   Audi Q7 second generation


The profiling of the lights, exhaust, rear window on the 2nd generation model are squarer, compared to the rounded edges on the 1st generation model.


Audi Q7 2006-2015 Towbar Electrics Kits

It is recommended that all tow bars fitted to an Audi Q7 2006-2015 are done so with a dedicated electrics kit, rather than a universal electrics kit. A dedicated electrics kit not only ensures all modern features such as; trailer stability and parking sensors are functional but also helps to keep your vehicle's warranty unaffected.

We offer both universal and dedicated electrics kits for the Audi Q7 2006-2015 towbars, but be aware that universal electrics kits can invalidate any manufacturer warranty your vehicle has and may also require a bypass relay.

Check your Audi warranty for more information.

Bypass Relays

All tow bars for the Audi Q7 year range 2006-2015 will require a bypass relay if universal electrics are fitted.

A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle.

Whereas a dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicle's software to run smoothly with the new towbar. Audi Q7 vehicles made between 2006-2015 will require coding.

Coding is used to update your vehicle's software in order for it to run coherently with the new towbar through the dedicated electrics.

Bumper Cuts

Depending on the towbar, Audi Q7 2006-2015 vehicles will require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar. There are visible bumper cuts for the tow bars offered with the Audi Q7 2006-2015 range.

Nose Weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For any Audi Q7 vehicle manufactured between the years 2006-2015, the nose weight is 140kg. Nose weight varies depending on the towbar you choose and are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing Weight

Towing weight is the weight that an Audi Q7 2006-2015 towbar can tow safely, without any risk of damaging the vehicle. Towing weights are bar specific and displayed below each towbar.

For the Audi Q7, the towing weight capacity for the tow bars is up to 3500kg depending on which towbar you chose.

You will need to check the towing limit for your Q7 vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.

 

Bypass Relays


All tow bars for the Audi Q7 year range 2006-2015 will require a bypass relay if universal electrics are fitted. A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle. Whereas a dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.

 

BYPASS IMAGE
Towing Weight

Towing weight is the weight that an Audi Q7 2006-2015 towbar can tow safely, without any risk of damaging the vehicle. Towing weights are bar specific and displayed below each towbar. For the Audi Q7, the towing weight capacity for the tow bars is up to 3500kg depending on which towbar you chose. You will need to check the towing limit for your Q7 vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.

 

WEIGHT IMAGE
Nose Weight
 
Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For any Audi Q7 vehicle manufactured between the years 2006-2015, the nose weight is 140kg. Nose weight varies depending on the towbar you choose and are displayed under each tow bar below.

 

BYPASS IMAGE
Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicle's software to run smoothly with the new towbar. Audi Q7 vehicles made between 2006-2015 will require coding. Coding is used to update your vehicle's software in order for it to run coherently with the new towbar through the dedicated electrics.

 

WEIGHT IMAGE
Bumper Cuts
 
Depending on the towbar, Audi Q7 2006-2015 vehicles will require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar. There are visible bumper cuts for the tow bars offered with the Audi Q7 2006-2015 range.

 

BYPASS IMAGE

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