If you have an undying need to get the kids to their soccer games in a humongous hurry during a winter storm, using German precision engineering, the good news is Audi will continue to have you covered. A new generation of the Q7 SUV is slated to debut as a 2016 model, and now details about the new model are starting to leak.
The vehicle won’t officially debut until at least the Detroit auto show, which is held in January. When it does, it will be the first production model to use the MLB Evo architecture, which will make its way through the other VW Group models like the Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg. The new architecture will help the SUV shed at the minimum of 500 pounds, according to different sources. Considering how incredibly heavy the current Q7 is, such a weight loss program is very much needed.
The Audi Q7 will continue to offer an available third row of seating, thanks to its longer wheelbase than other VW Group models. Among the new electronic gizmos will be TFT instruments that are supposed to be similar to what’s found in the TT, although the Q7 will still have a digital display in the center stack. In addition, the Q7 is following market trends by including even more driver assistance systems that help protect against stupid errors on the road.
As for the SUV’s powertrain, the rumors state that three engines will continue to be offered: V6, V8 and diesel. Quattro will also continue as a standard feature. Supposedly a Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid model is in the works. For those who really need to make quick grocery story runs, Audi will be creating a performance-oriented SQ7, with some wild rumors of a completely nuts RS Q7 in development.