We have known for a quite some time now that Audi has been hard at work on the second-generation Q7 SUV . To date, all we have seen testing were just mules of the next model. However, now an actual Q7 prototype was caught testing somewhere on the roads of Germany.
The next Q7 will move to a new platform that it will share with the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and of course the upcoming Bentley SUV . Thanks to this new platform and to the intense use of lightweight materials like aluminum, the next Q7 will be about 880 pounds lighter than the current model. Despite this huge weight loss, rumors point to the next Q7 being larger than both the Touareg and Cayenne.
Under the hood, Audi will work on offering smaller engines, with its focus being on improving fuel economy and on reducing CO2 emissions. A hybrid version was also rumored.
Expect the next Audi Q7 to be unveiled in September 2014 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and to hit the market in late 2014.
The prototype caught testing today is heavily camouflaged, but we do know some small details on the next Q7. First of all, do not expect to see something completely different than the current model. This will be a light redesign t best.
Audi will keep the essence of the SUV, but will add a more modern look. There will be a new grille complemented by either chrome or brushed aluminum, new headlights, new front bumper and generally, a more dynamic front-end look.
For the rear, we expect similar treatments: a new bumper, new taillights and a new roof spoiler.