Various prototypes of the 2015 Audi Q7 have been spotted and some of them had an interesting feature in the form of a quad exhaust arrangement. This could possibly mean that the full-size SUV from Ingolstadt will end up being offered in a more expensive and powerful S version with probably a turbocharged V8 gasoline engine although we don’t exclude the possibility of a diesel powertrain.
On the other end of the engine spectrum, the next generation Q7 will likely be available with a small 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine. Some might say that a huge and heavy body driven by such a petite engine would make the car underpowered but let’s not forget the new model will use the MLB Evo platform and it is expected to shave off no less than 363 kg (800 lbs). In addition, an uprated 2.0 TDI with additional horsepower could be a match even for such a bulky SUV like the Q7.
The 2015 Audi Q7 will also be offered with a variety of V6 and V8 engines along with a rumored plug-in hybrid variant. More interestingly, a special version equipped with an electric turbocharged engine is reportedly in the works as well and it’s said to adopt the innovative technology implemented in the interesting RS5 TDI concept showcased a few weeks ago.
Other known characteristics of the car refer to the adoption of full LED headlights and taillights that will have Y-shaped graphics, while the overall design will mimic today’s model but with a sharper tailgate, shorter rear overhang and a more prominent front grille – all wrapped around in a more angular package.
Note: 2014 Audi Q7 (US-spec) pictured