The next-generation Audi Q7 SUV has been spied under heavy camouflage for the very first time. The car will debut with a selection of extensive upgrades and will also weigh significantly less than the outgoing model.
First and foremost, the 2015 Audi Q7 will feature the Volkswagen Group’s MLB structure which will also be utilised in the production-ready Bentley SUV, Lamborghini Urus and future Porsche Cayenne and Touareg models. Thanks to this extensive change, the 2015 Audi Q7 is expected to weigh at least 363kg (800lbs) less than the current car.
While this particular prototype is clearly sporting heavy camo, the above image suggests some significantly redesigned bodywork including new LED headlights.
Under the hood, the 2015 Audi Q7 will be available with a selection of different engines just like the current car. While such systems have yet to be confirmed, they’re likely to include a twin-turbo V8 engine with upwards of 430hp, a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 producing 310hp and a selection of different diesel engines. These could include a 3.0-liter TDI V6 delivering 258hp and a 4.2-liter V8 TDI with 385hp. Finally, a hybrid variant is also extremely likely.
If the new Audi Q7 does indeed turn out to be a 2015 model car, then a debut at a major motor show early next year is likely.