The Audi Q7 is easily among the most successful luxury SUVs out there. The Audi Q7 locks horns with the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLS Class and the BMW X5, and even after years of existence, still enjoys a fairly large popularity. However, there’s no denying the fact that the Q7 is fast getting dated and it is just a matter of time before the excitement surrounding this flagship Audi SUV starts vanishing. Luckily though, Audi has been preparing the next generation Q7 all this while and the all-new 2016 Audi Q7 luxury SUV will greet the world at the 2015 North America International Motor Show (aka Detroit Motor Show) in January next year. A few 2016 Q7 images have leaked ahead of the car’s world premiere early next year and here’s all the dope on the soon to showcased flagship SUV.
The India-launch of the next generation Q7 could take place sometime in the second half of next financial year and unlike the current model, which is assembled in the country, the next generation Q7 will come to us via CBU-route, at least for the initial period. Still, we believe that it would be in the best interests of both the buyers and the manufacturer to take the CKD-route, and thus enjoy several tax benefits over the completely built import procedure.
Like what the images we have here show, the next generation model’s silhouette is very similar to current car. The biggest change that will caught your attention though, would be the introduction of the new singleframe six-point radiator grille. Such an arrangement will soon become common among all Audi models and yes, the latest grille does look more stylish than the one it replaces. Also, the Q7 will come with the latest in LED headlamp technology from Audi.
Underpinning the next generation 2016 Audi Q7 Luxury SUV will be Volkswagen’s all new MLB Evo architecture. The next Q7 will share this platform with production-ready Lamborghini Urus, next Porsche Cayenne and the Bentley EXP-9F. This platform is sure to lead to considerable weight savings and the new Q7 could be upto 200kgs lighter than the current generation. Such high amount of weight saving should lead to benefits in fuel efficiency and outright road performance. The new generation Q7 will get two plug-in hybrid variants, apart from a range of petrol and diesel engines.