Audi has set some pretty aggressive weight-cutting targets for its future line, according to Car and Driver. The German manufacturer has said that each of its model successors will be lighter than their current iterations thanks to a greater use of aluminum in their body structures. That includes the big boy Q7 crossover, which, according to global marketing head-honcho Peter Schwarzenbauer, may shed as much as 770 pounds before the next generation gets its unveiling. That's an eye-widening figure, to be sure, as it marks a 14 percent cut from the curb weight of the current car.

Lighter weight invariably translates to better fuel economy, better handling and shorter stopping distances – all things that can paint a grin on our faces. Will this greater focus on lightweight materials translate into steeper price tags? It's hard to tell, but traditional logic suggests it will. We'll just have to wait for the next-generation Q7 to debut before we can say for certain.


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      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope BMW does the same with it's sedans and SUVs. They already killed the X6 Active hybrid which was grossly overweight.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Maybe if we are really lucky or the Gods are smiling on us, they will kill off the X6 entirely.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        The X5 is massively overweight too. It weighs nearly the same as a Ford Expedition.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          So what? They don't brag about weight lose like Audi because this vehicle supposed to be heavy.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          No, there is no reason why an X5 should weigh as much as an Expedition. It is smaller, unibody, and not designed to tow 8000 lbs. The gas mileage on them is terrible, 19mpg for the 6-cyl. The X5 should be 1000lbs lighter than it currently is.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      A 3.0tdi with multi cylinder deactivation and a start/stop feature or partial hybrid system like the e assist GM has and you could see a Q7 with mid 20's in the city and mid 30's on the highway with a lighter body.
      hello Tina
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does the lighter frame translate into a more dangerous vehicle to be in an accident with?
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good! Now someone lose 800lbs and out-do them, lets combine the weight-loss wars with the horsepower wars with a nice injection of fuel economy wars tied into one! Ready, set...GO!!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        Yup, pretty soon we're gonna have 3000lb full SUV's, and sub 2000lb midsize sedans. Can't weight!
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I see what you did there.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        Good idea, but you will still have some lingering soccer moms who do the "I feel safe in this big SUV when I go to Cosco with my children " thing. It will take time to get over that mindset.
      delsolo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the equivalent weight of kicking Rush Limbaugh out the car.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @delsolo1
        But then you have lost the source of hot air (and probably methane, too). That hot air could be channeled into a turbine to drive the wheels.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @delsolo1
        Plus 500+ pounds.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loses nearly 800 lbs and is still a porker...
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car execs have to realize that shaving off considerable weight will do MUCH more than direct injection/turbo-charging.
      dax xanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      one thing I noticed the other day about the Q7... it was parked right next to a 2011 Toyota Sienna (mine) and they were almost the same shape from the side... hmmm. I always thought the Q7 looked a bit like a minivan...
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not hard to cut 14% out of a 5500lb turd....
      Jules
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is exactly why I massively despised the first zerg rush of german SUVs... There is no good reason why an SUV should weigh a ton more than it's sedan counterpart.
        brianXL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jules
        Exactly which sedan does the Touareg/Q7/Cayenne derive from anyway? Answer: None. It's a unique chassis and a very capable SUV. The Touareg had a similar weight savings starting in 2011 and it can tow 7700lbs and legitimately gets almost 30mpg highway (without driving like a hypermiling D.B., either). Of course, it doesn't get 30 when towing, but as a dual-purpose vehicle for someone like me (tow a racecar on the weekend and drive to work the rest of the week) it really has no equal. The Q7 is a little larger and heavier, but it should outperform almost all other 3-row SUVs.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brianXL
          Wow, you genuinely like these things.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pointless. It's not a sports car and it's not gonna get good mileage. Also weight decrease = price increase ;)
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        It will probably improve city mpg significantly. Adding lightness is the best thing you can do for any car...I wouldn't say its pointless
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lemon
          yeah and how much millage it will get?
          dax xanos
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lemon
          how do you add lightness? Helium in the tires?
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        wtf?!
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        Pointless? Expensive? Cutting weight is the cheapest way to improve performance. It is only the single thing you can do that improves performance overall: Reduced braking distance. Better handling. Better acceleration. Better top speed. Better gas mileage. Better cargo weight capacity. To improve all those things without weight reduction you'd have to go hybrid for better mileage without compromising speed, turbo for better speed without compromising mileage, high-end brakes and sticky tires to improve braking distance, high-end suspension to improve handling, and a stronger frame and engine to increase cargo weight capacity. That all sounds pretty expensive to me.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, very good news! Now 3.0 diesel with stop-start & KERS please. :)
        Joe Bo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        The Q5 is going to lose weight too- 200lbs+?. I wonder if they will keep it at $35k (starting msrp). I was hoping to get one of those for my wife. I like the current 2.0T but I'd like to see what kind of fuel efficiency it would get with a 2.0 turbo diesel. not critical but hasn't autoblog posted this before?
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