The new 2015 Audi Q7 is the second generation of the full size crossover. It has seating in three rows and plenty of space for luggage as well and is therefore considered to be a full size SUV all across the world apart form in the US, who always like things that little big bigger! The grille is metallic and angular which is inspired by the Crosslane concept which was shown at Paris last year. The rectangular headlights were inspired by the A8 and will be available in either Led or Matrix LED although the Matrix LED form will not be available in the US either on this or the A8. The car has a very pronounced line along the shoulder which makes it look wide and muscular. This results in a powerful appearance. It also has wheel options with heights form 18 to 21 inches, which also make it look very big and powerful.
This new Q7 has been highly awaited. The first generation model was previewed back in 2003 as the Pikes Peak Quattro concept in Detroit and then was on the market in 2006. Its brothers, the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne have had updates but this never has. It is possible that the fact that Wolfgang Egger, Audi’s Chief Designer finds styling to be very important, that delayed the development.
An Audi source has said that the new Q7 will be 700 pounds lighter than the existing model, which does sound very ambitious. The weight saving is likely to come from the new platform which will no longer be the off road platform but the MLB modular longitudinal one. The current car did not have a low transfer case option which means t that it did not have many off road capabilities and so switching platforms will make little difference where that is concerned. It will also enable the new car to have many more comfort and assistance systems which were not able to be put in before.
There has not a final selection of engines made yet but it has been decided that there will be Quattro all-wheel drive and an eight speed torque converter automatic on all of the models. It is expected that there will be a 3.0 litre V6 and a TDO option as well as a twin turbocharged 4.0 litre V8. It is also expected that there will be two hybrid options which will be plug in. One will have an electric motor paired with the V6 and the other with the V6 TDI. These will be under the e-tron badge, although it will only be the US that will have a petrol e-tron option.
The main competition will come from the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mercedes Benz M class, BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. It is expected that it will be debuting next year being sold as a 2015 model. Prices are expected to be higher than the current model which has a base price of $47,695.