Already confirmed for a NAIAS debut in January, the all-new Audi Q7 is expected to lose as much as 300 kg (661 lbs). It’s exactly what the doctor ordered since the outgoing model is far from being a competitor in the lightweight category as the lightest model weighs a hefty 2,220 kg (4,894 lbs) so it definitely needs to go on a strict diet.
It will do that by switching to the second generation of the MLB platform which will also underpin the next Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley’s SUV. The massive weight drop will be possible thanks to a more extensive use of high-strength steel & aluminum in the body structure and floorplan along with the implementation of carbon fiber.
As far as the engines are concerned, the all-new Audi Q7 is expected to get a supercharged V6 3.0-liter, a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter, three versions of the V6 diesel, along with new V8 and V10 diesels. There are also talks about two plug-in hybrid variants, one mixing up a gasoline engine with an electric motor while the other using a diesel engine with an electric motor. These powertrains will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission benefiting from brake energy recuperation, stop/start system and possibly a coasting function.
Since the all-new Audi Q7 will be unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, expect sales of the SUV to commence in the second half of 2015.
Note: Possible Audi SQ7 prototype pictured