The model that introduced Audi to the world of SUVs back in 2006, in production terms, is preparing to welcome its third generation in a row which will stick to internal combustion engines, further separating itself from the Q8 which projects a more dynamic and sporty character thanks to its coupe SUV design.
With that in mind, and until at least Audi gives the green light to the rumored Q9, the Q7 is the German brand’s largest traditional SUV, and based on the spy shots that bring it to the fore for the first time as a test prototype, it is expected to emphasize even more the his position and role by adopting an even more square silhouette.
This results mainly from the design of the rear windshield while, in the same direction, the even wider grille with the integrated radar system that we are used to in the newest Audis and the more ruggedly designed bumpers advocate. The image is completed by redesigned and slimmer light fixtures placed at the end of the hood and combined with a second set of squared light fixtures positioned lower.
In profile, the differently designed handles stand out, the newly designed wheels, while overall the Q7 appears to have gained more height, with even larger windows. At the rear, the presence of exhaust tips leaves no room for doubt as to its identity as a car with conventional engines, while it remains to be seen whether it will feature the familiar horizontal LED strip or whether Audi will limit this design feature to pure electric models. her.
While there is currently no visual evidence of its interior, it is expected to mimic the design and digital technology of the upcoming Q6 e-tron which will feature the latest version of the German’s Virtual Cockpit in the instrument panel role combined with a 14.5-inch screen for the infotainment system and another 10.9-inch screen for passenger entertainment.
What is not known is whether Audi will go into the process of creating a new architecture for its conventional models, or whether the Q7 will be based on an evolved version of the MLB Evo floor on which it is already based. Given Audi’s focus on electrification and the PPE platform, the second scenario is probably more likely. Something similar is expected to happen with the engines as well with the new Q7 offering V6 diesel and petrol versions combined with mild and plug-in hybrid technology.
In terms of timing, the new generation Q7 should be expected in about a year and like many other future models from both Audi and the car industry in general it will be the last chance to get a large SUV with internal combustion engines.