Now, about two months after Audi pulled the plug on testing, a new Q7 prototype made its way onto the streets, basically confirming that the large SUV could be ready to step in and replace its dated predecessor .
There isn’t much to see with the vehicle under heavy camouflage, but the front fascia will be dominated by a large grille flanked by LED headlamps above and air intakes of considerable size below. Around the back, the whirly wrap hides Audi’s signature taillights, a revised tailgate and a new bumper.
As it has been confirmed earlier, the new Audi Q7 will ride on Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform (also slated to underpin Bentley’s upcoming SUV ), which will help the vehicle lose more than 650 pounds compared to the model it replaces, due to the use of aluminum.
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Moving over to powertrains, expect for the entry-level Q7 to be motivated by the company’s 3.0-liter, TFSI engine, while a more powerful offering to sport the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 under the hood. A hybrid version is also on the table along with a diesel-powered TDI version.
There’s no official info as to when the new Q7 will be unveiled, but we have a hunch it will happen by the end of the year.
Launched in 2006 for the 2007 model year, the first-generation Audi Q7 shared underpinnings with the Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg . Throughout its eight-year career, the Q7 has been sold with a range for gasoline and diesel engines ranging from smaller 3.0-liter V-6 units to the huge 6.0-liter V-12.
A facelift was undertaken in 2009, adding new headlamps, taillights, updated styling, a refreshed interior, and more options inside and out.