It is believed Audi will introduce the next generation of the Q7 in October at this year’s Paris Motor Show in France, with sales programmed to commence towards the end of the year or early 2015. Numerous prototypes were spied recently on the Nürburgring conducting some last-minute testing and chances are the full-size SUV will go through an extreme diet as it is expected to lose up to 363 kg (800 lbs).
The vehicle will ride on the MLB Evo platform and will adopt an evolutionary design packing LED-infused headlights, an angular tailgate and possibly a shorter rear overhang. It should also come with enlarged air intakes while under the hood it will carry just about the same engine as the outgoing model but chances are these will be tweaked for more performance and lower fuel consumption.
Audi is also reportedly working on a frugal plug-in hybrid version and there could also be a new entry-level variant powered by a small 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI engine although nothing is official at this point.
The all-new Q7 will share its platform with the highly anticipated Lamborghini Urus production version as well as with the next generation Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. The same architecture will also serve as foundation for Bentley’s first ever SUV slated to come out in 2016.
Note: Current generation Audi Q7 facelift pictured