The Audi Q7 2015 is a second generation vehicle that has three rows of seats as well as lots of cargo space. The full-size crossover is a proper SUV by all standards apart from North American ones. The grille is angular and metallic, inspired by the Crosslane that was a concept debuted in Paris last year. The headlights are rectangular, inspired by the A8 and with be available in LED and Matrix LED except in the US where only the former will be available. It looks very muscular and wide becayse of the shoulder line that is particularly pronounced and its wheels have 18-21 inch diameter option which emphasise its powerful look.
The current Q7 was previewed back in 2003 and so an update has been much anticipated having not even had any updates, unlike its close competitors the Volkwagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Part of the delay was in the styling as the chief designer, Wolfgang Egger decided it needed to be changed when he took over and so this took additional time.
Audi have said that the vehicle will be 700 pounds lighter compared to the current model. This is a lot to lose and much of this is to do with the platform. The current platform Is an off-road one where the new one will be the MLB modular longitudinal architecture. The current model had limited off road use because it was not offered with such a low transfer case and so this switch will be a big advantage for buyers of the new model. It will also allow more assistance systems and comfortable items to be added in, that were not possible with the old one.
There has not yet been a final decision made on engines. However, they will all have an eight speed torque converter automatic as well as Quattro all wheel drive. It is expected that there will be a 3.0 litre supercharges V6, V6 TDI 3.0 litres and V8 4.0 litre twin turbocharges as many VW offerings have these options. It is also thought that there could be two hybrids with ‘e-tron’ badges, one with the V6 and the other with the V6 TDI paired up with an electric battery. In the US there will just be a e-tron for gasoline.
The car will see competition from the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes Benz M-class, BMW X5 and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. It is expected that it will be unveiled next year as a 2015 model. The price will probably be a bit higher than the current model which is $47,695.