Audi’s range topping Q7 SUV is already entering its ninth year now, and as we have reported earlier, the German carmaker has already started working on a successor. The second-gen Audi seven-seater was supposed to unveil sometime end of last year, but unfortunately got delayed due to an emergency redesign.
Thanks to our reader Sam, for sending in the spyshots of the camo wrapped next-gen Q7 prototype. Snapped on the streets of Germany, these pictures reveal the true shape and design cues that will be featured on the forthcoming large German SUV.
As you can see the front fascia is dominated by a 2016 Audi TT-like single frame grille and headlights. If you look closely, you will also notice that the LED daytime running lights are somewhat similar to the ones on the new Volvo XC90. Interesting….
The overall shape and profile of this behemoth however, is much sharper and less bulky than its predecessor. On top of that, the taillight appears to be slightly larger than the current model, while the new A8-inspired twin rectangular exhaust tips are nicely tucked away beneath the bumper.
If you have read our previous stories about the new Q7, then you would have known that the 2016 Q7 will be first to utilise Volkswagen Group’s next-gen MLB Evo platform. The new modular architecture will eventually underpin various Volkswagen Group large SUVs including the third-gen Cayenne and Touareg as well as the Bentley SUV.
From what we hear, with the use of various lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre, the 2016 Q7 will be shed as much as 350kg compared to the current model.
Like before, the engine line-up will include a variety of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel units. For the first time, Audi will also offer a diesel plug-in hybrid variant. Rumours suggest this setup can output 373hp and 700Nm of torque, while offering an electric only range of 50km.
The 2016 Audi Q7 is tipped to be unveiled sometime early next year.