As the all-new Audi Q7 is getting nearer to its debut, likely to take place during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, we present now, in world premiere, the first undisguised pictures. The debut in Europe is planned for June 2015.
These are the first pictures of the all new Audi Q7 completely unmasked. The only parts camouflaged are the upper section of the grille plus the headlights and tail lamps. But all in all, we get a very clear glimpse of this SUV’s design language. It’s obvious that some of the current bulkiness of the Q7 has been mixed in with the next version of the Audi’s design language. The highlight of this will be the new hexagonal radiator grille, connected to the headlights, in order to create a strong front end look.
The Q7 continues to be a massive vehicle, imposing both on the road and off it. However, the new platform MLB-Evo developed by Audi for all VW Group models with longitudinal mounted engines will help to dramatically reduce the weight by 300 kg.
The available engines should be carried over from the A7 and A8, including three 3.0 TDI diesels with outputs varying from 218 to 320 HP. A high-end sport SUV is also planned, powered by either a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 or by the “tri-turbo” TDI system from the RS5 Concept, which would make this a match for the BMW X5 M50d. However, this won’t be available at the launch and neither will the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which is planned for the future.
Above the Q7, Audi will also introduce the SUV-coupe Q8 in the years to come, which will compete against the new BMW X6 and against the Mercedes GLE Coupe, due to be launched next year.