The prototype caught testing today seems to wear the final body kit and it also dropped that nasty black cover seen on the last model in favor of a new one that allows us to see the lines of the new Q7 .
Previous rumors suggested that for the new Q7, Audi will use lots of aluminum and other weight-saving materials that will help drop about 400 kg (about 880 pounds) from the total weight of the current eneration.
The new Audi Q7 will be built on a new platform that it will share with the upcoming Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Bentley SUV . Under the hood, it will offer both gasoline and diesel engines, with a hybrid powertrain also being a possibility.
Expect the new Audi Q7 to arrive in late 2014 as a 2015 model.
Even though the prototype caught testing today wears lots of camouflage, it’s still pretty clear that the next Q7 will feature a new design language, with more elegant lines and more powerful shapes.
Of course, you should be able to recognize the Q7 pretty easily, but you should also expect a new set of headlights, a more aggressive front bumper and a new grille. The rear will also be defined by a new set of taillights, a new bumper and most likely new end pipes for the exhaust system.