Audi is continuing to pour cash into the development of its next generation crossovers, and in addition to a range of new high-riding models, the next Q5 and Q7 are set to go on a serious diet.

According to Automobile, the redesigned Q5 will drop around 220 pounds from its curb weight, while the larger Q7 will reportedly shed some 650 pounds thanks to a new aluminum body.

The aforementioned Q5 will share a platform with the forthcoming Porsche Cajun when it arrives in 2016 and will spawn two new models: the Q4 and Q6.

The Q6 will supposedly take on the BMW X6, with a steeply raked windshield and low-slung hatch, but will maximize cargo and rear passenger space, while making ingress and egress easier.

More interestingly, Automobile says that the Q4 could take one of three shapes: a hardened off-roader, a more luxurious Acura ZDX competitor or a high-performance crossover. Regardless, power for both models will come from a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, boosting efficiency over the current supercharged six by up to 20 percent. A plug-in hybrid model is also in the cards, mating the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 100-horsepower electric motor.


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      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. Now how much better will the MPG for the Q7 TDI be?
      Yu Sun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, next gen Q5 will be 2016? They are planning to sell current model for more than 8 years?
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good lord, Audi! We don't need more Q-Somethings, we want Avants and Allroads!
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it. I just read that the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is some 500 (!!!) pounds heavier than the previous model, so excuse me while I am more than a little jaded when I hear about automakers making such huge cuts in mass.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Well with Fiat moving Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler vehicles to Fiat platforms, I am sure they will be able to cut the weight.
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much bling in those headlamps.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do they want to take on the BMW X6 and the Acura ZDX with new models?. They are two of the most ghastly vehicles on the road and neither of them sell well. Doesn't the world have enough SUV's and CUV's?..
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        Perhaps they're worried the world will run out of Ed Hardy t-shirts and we'll need another way to quickly identify d-bags. X6s are quite effective for that.
        Dante
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        The sad thing is that the X6 sells extremely well, at least in my country.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi Q7 3.0 S line BMW X5 35i MPG: MPG: 16 city / 22 hwy / 18 comb 17 city/ 23 hwy/ Seating: Seating: 7 7 HP: HP: 333 hp @ 5500 RPM 300 hp @ 5800 rpm Torque: Torque: 325 lb-ft. @ 2900 RPM 300 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm 0-60: 0-60: 6.9 sec. 6.4 sec. Weight: 5500lb Weight: 4960lb Price: $59,950 Price: $47,200 So even it saves 600lb it still weights the same as current X5. Almost 13K more and i guess it's gonna be even more expensive after getting all aluminum. More powerful engine but at the same time slower plus worst MPG. Don't see a reason for getting one.
        flanders2520
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        You really need help with your math. This has been discussed numerous time. Audi loads up their vehicles with a lot of content where BMW doesn't. If you option them both out you will find they are about even. Then you have to decide what you want. Quattro>Xi
        MiCKeY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        you will have to seat in a X5 to know that the third roll is a joke, and 7 seat is not standard, the q5 s line will carry sat-vai, keyless entry system, rare view cam with radars. A standard q7 cost about the same.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi/VW/Porsche know how to play the weight loss game. Audi did it with the A6-8, and the A6 is lightest in class. Porsche has done it with countless sports cars (ahem... special editions), and did it with the Cayenne. I think out of any company, Audi can definitely do it. Still don't buying a monstrous softroader, but if Audi can cut weight from its next A4 Avant, I may get one.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's Biggest Loser time! It's Biggest Loser time! It's Daddy's favorite show! It's Daddy's favorite show! -P. Diddy
      noahbalboa
      • 3 Years Ago
      650 lbs. is highly highly unlikely. If you loosely compare the Jaguar XJ to the competition, its 200-300 lbs lighter. So while 220 lbs. for the Q5 is likely, I'd bet on near the same for the Q7. Unless they had a model with no rear seats, 4 cylinder engine, FWD, yadayada then maybe. But by changing the body material to aluminum alone? No.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @noahbalboa
        If Land Rover can weight on one of their models by 1,100 pounds, 650 pounds cut by Audi shouldn't be too hard.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @noahbalboa
        Well, Audi could go the weight loss game with the A6, 7 and 8, so don't count them out yet. The A6 is lightest in class, and the A8 has the best mileage (better than the S-Class Hybrid).
      • 3 Years Ago
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