The new second-generation Audi Q7 is due to arrive next autumn, with an expected public debut at the Paris Motor Show 2014.
Like the latest Range Rover, the Audi Q7 is expected to shed a significant amount of weight compared to its predecessor,
in search of much improved efficiency. A figure of up to 350kg is rumoured, which would drop the base-spec Q7’s weight to
just under two tonnes.
But while the Range Rover uses an aluminium chassis architecture, the Audi will use a new MLB platform, which will be made from steel, with aluminium elements where possible.
The new platform will also be used by the replacement for the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, both of which will be built on the same production line at the VW Group factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. The forthcoming Bentley SUV will also use similar underpinnings, although that will be built entirely in Crewe from 2016 onwards.
Our exclusive image shows how the Q7 is likely to look, and confirms that it will be the first production Audi to use the brand’s new three-dimensional trapezoidal grille. The bluff design of the old car continues, but the new model is far wider, to balance out its 5,100mm length.
LED headlights, as fitted to the new facelifted A8, will be optional, while 19-inch alloys will be the smallest available. Seven seats will be optional, while 4G Internet connectivity will be available on all models.
All Q7s will be four-wheel drive and use an eight-speed auto gearbox. Engines are expected to include 3.0-litre and 4.2-litre TDIs and 3.0 and 4.0-litre turbo petrols, as well as a Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid. A four-cylinder diesel is also expected, while prices will start from around £45,000.