Rendering – India-bound 2016 Audi Q7
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Over 5,000 units of the current Q7 sold in India till date.
Audi will take the wraps off the next generation Q7 SUV at the Detroit Motor Show, which starts on January 12, 2015. The confirmation comes first hand from Audi’s technical development head, Mr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who told Indian Autos Blog to “make a trip to Detroit” to see the new Q7.
Based on the second generation of the VW Group’s MLB platform, the Q7 will shed nearly 300 kg compared to the outgoing model. Reports say that high strength steel and aluminium in the floorpan and body structure, combined with selective use of carbon-fiber has resulted in this diet.
This, combined with Audi’s new design language should help the Q7 shed its bulky image. The rendering seen here suggests a well proportioned look with a unmistakable Audi face for the Mercedes GL Class rival.
According to reports, the new Q7 will be powered by the six- and eight-cylinder petrol engines seen on the current generation model. The diesel lineup could see the new 3.0-liter V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine, offered in three power states. Two plug-in hybrid variants are also in the offing.
The Q7 in India is assembled at the Aurangabad plant from Slovak-made CKD kits. The flagship SUV contributes good volumes for Audi in India, with over 5,000 units sold in the country till date.
Competitors: BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GL Class
Expected Price: INR 75-90 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch Date: First half of 2015 in Europe
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[Rendering from AutoBild]