2016 Audi Q7 SUV Updates and Release Date

Audi has confirmed that the next generation of its popular SUV, 2016 Audi Q7, will be unveiled in the next Detroit Motor Show in 2015. While other rivals already released their next generation, the Q7 SUV must hold its second generation due to a late change in its design. Good news is the next-generation Audi Q7 is currently in the final development phase and preparing for the production stage.

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Exterior

Audi is keeping details about the second-gen Q7 under wraps, but our spy photographers nabbed the first images of Ingolstadt’s biggest crossover back in August. The spy shots hint the Q7 will adopt a more conservative overall design that borrows styling cues from the new third-gen TT. LED headlights like those seen on the A8 flagship and a thin rendition of Audi’s trademarked single frame grille will be part of the package.

Platform

Another reason for the tardiness is the fact that the new Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model to ride on the automaker’s next-generation MLB Evo platform, specifically the SUV version of the platform. The platform is an evolution of Audi’s existing MLB structure but is lighter thanks to multi-material construction.

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The platform will also be capable of adopting alternative drivetrains—the new Q7 has been confirmed to be getting an e-tron plug-in hybrid option—and will eventually underpin the rest of the Volkswagen Group’s large SUV models including the new Bentley SUV, production Lamborghini Urus and third-generation Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.

Powertrain

Under the hood, the U.S. market should have access to 3.0- and 4.0-liter TFSI units and a 3.0-liter TDI. As mentioned, a plug-in hybrid option will be available for the first time. In the U.S., this will be a gasoline-electric drivetrain but in other markets Audi may offer an even more frugal diesel-electric setup. We could also see a sporty ‘S Q7’ launched for the first time. The prototype in the latest photos has a set of quad-exhaust tips, suggesting it’s a performance variant.

Price and Release Date

According to TopSpeed, the base price will likely to start from $48,000. Audi has already confirmed that the 2016 Audi Q7 SUV will be unveiled in next 2015 Detroit Motor Show and offered as 2016 model. More details should be available anywhere near the launch time, so keep coming back for updates.

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