What's more, the shape of the gear shifter looks to be the same and the short action is almost definitely identical.
The design philosophy of the steering wheel is very similar to what we saw on the Porsche Cayenne facelift when we recently drove one. It's a minimalist approach that features thinner spokes to create a somewhat more airy feel. On the Cayenne, the lines were clearly inspired by the 918 Spyder hypercar, but here, there are no such references.
Expected to make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January, the all-new Q7 SUV is going to be based on the new MLB Evo platform and could be lighter by up to 800 lbs (363 kg).
It will also feature the latest Audi technologies, like AVC (Audi Variable Compression) that changes the ratio depending on torque needed. Most models should also have the new 48 volt electrical circuit and feature mild hybrid tech like cylinder deactivation, brake energy recuperation and coasting function where the engine is off and de-coupled from the gearbox.