In luxury car market, the key is to keep churning the blockbusters one after the other. In the past couple of years, German carmaker Audi has done exactly the same. An all new Q7 SUV will be launched, either later in 2014 or early 2015. A test unit of the 2015 Audi Q7 was recently spotted testing in southern Europe, the spyshots have been posted below.
Although the test vehicle was completely camouflaged changes to the SUV are pretty evident. The new Audi Q7 will not be as huge as the older one, it would be more petite looking with aggressive surfacing. The styling changes will make the Q7 look more stylish and lithe as compared to the present car which is too huge in some respects. Interior space will be the same or more, though. We are also expecting some minor modifications on head and tail lamps, roofline and exhaust system to make the car look not just more applealing but also more distinctive than other SUVs in the Audi lineup.
Updated on 22nd February 2014
The 2015 Audi Q7 could be delayed as Audi has had to go for an emergency redesign to make the SUV look less ‘brutal and ostentatious’. The new SUV will loose about 300 Kg than the present iteration and Audi wants this to be reflected in the design too. It will be launched/unveiled internationally only by mid-2015, India launch could be shifted to end-2015 or early-2016 during the Auto Expo.
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Updated on 7th October 2013
Spy Shots: 2015 Audi Q7
Photo: 2015 Audi Q7 Rendering
Photo Courtesy: Car and Driver
Earlier it was believed that Audi would use an extended version of the Volkswagen Touareg/Porsche Cayenne platform. However, the latest news is that parent company Volkswagen has told Audi to use the new MLB architecture which will be used on the upcoming Lamborghini Urus, Bentley crossover and Touareg/Cayenne. If this news is true, the new Audi Q7 could be up to 363 Kg less than its predecessor which would mean better performance, fuel efficiency and handling as well.
There is not much information on the engine options that the 2015 Audi Q7 will get. There is speculation that the petrol varaints of the SUV will sport a 310 BHP, 3.0-litre V6 and a 435 BHP, twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine. The diesel variants may be powered by a 258 BHP, 3.0-litre V6 and a 385 BHP, 4,2-litre V8 engine. Going by Audi’s current trend, we are also expecting a plug-in hybrid variant, which may use a 3.0-litre TDI engine with a 115 BHP electric motor, it may or may not be launched in India though.
Keep tuned in to this space, we will be posting news on the 2015 Audi Q7 as it comes in.