2011 Audi Q7

Every new generation Audi will be lighter than the model it replaces. According to Car and Driver, the German manufacturer will emphasize on a diet thanks to the extensive use of aluminum in the body structures.

The next generation Audi Q7 will benefit from the lessons learned with the A6 and A7, which are 20 percent aluminum. The German SUV will lose 14 percent of its weight, which equals 770 pounds or 350 kilograms. This will improve the drivability of the cars, the fuel economy and will help to meet future emission targets.

The new Q7 isn’t due out for a couple of years, but the Ingolstadt based manufacturer is already busy designing and engineering its next large crossover. How much this technological step will affect the final price tag is currently unknown.

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