In a time when people weren’t concerned about the gas price, the Audi Q7 was one of the best sold models in the luxury SUV market. But the crisis has come, regulations have changed and in order not to loose their clients Audi needs to change strategy. And they will with the next generation Q7 that will be both smaller and lighter. In short: more economical.
The second generation Audi Q7 set to be unveiled in 2013 will be built on the same platform as the new Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Thanks to a new construction process that will include intense use of aluminum, the Q7 will be about 650 lbs. However, despite these changes the Q7 will still be bigger than both Touareg and Cayenne.
Under the hood Audi will opt for smaller engines, including the possibility of hybrid version.
Also, a while ago it was rumored that Audi will consider a XXL version of the Q7, but now Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said this is not a possibility. At least right now.
Updated 02/22/2012: The upcoming generation Audi Q7 has been caught testing for the first time.