2023-11-27 2015 Audi Q7: a New Design Language from Ingolstadt - autoevolution

2015 Audi Q7: a New Design Language from Ingolstadt

Football players around the world should start saving money right now, because Audi is about to launch a replacement for their favorite quattro large SUV in a few months. We are, of course, talking about the all-new Q7, the second generation of the machine that put Audi firmly on the map in 2005.
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Our spy photographers have revealed prototypes of the Q7 in different stages of its development over the past year. As the model is nearing its debut date, we think it's time to scoop how the family tree will branch out into a new design direction, one that will influence everything from the Q3 to the rumored Q8 super-SUV.

As our rendering suggests, the headlights and grille are connected into a single design unit. Basically all the premium car companies do this now, joined by Kia, Hyundai or Ford. The effect is of a wider, sportier front end, without having to affect the car's proportions.
The current Q7 has headlights that look like they've been styled with christmas decorations. The individual LEDs will be replaced by a Y-shaped daytime running element that flanks the actual Xenon light unit. As an option, Audi will let you order the Q7 with full-LED or Matrix LED.

Underneath the redesigned exterior is the MLB evo platform, which is also said to be going into Bentley's Falcon SUV. It's lighter and stiffer than before. Power will come from some of the most advanced engines on the market, including new diesels fitted with one electric compressor and plug-in petrol hybrids.

There should be at least one SQ7 model, powered by either the V8 from an S8 or the "tri-turbo 3.0 TDI" from the recently revealed RS5 TDI Concept. Considering how the SQ5 is sold with both TFSI and TDI mills depending on the market, we could see both forms of Q7, though not until 2016.

A flagship on the way?

Sources tell us Audi is once again mulling a model above the Q7, which has gone mainstream in China and the US. Like the BMW X6, the answer seems to be going for a four-door coupe body and more standard trim across the range. Due in 2017, the Q8 should emerge for outdoors testing next year and will feature even more aggressive styling.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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