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Here's the good news: we finally have visual evidence of the upcoming and all-new 2015 Audi Q7 luxury SUV. A set of photographs show that Audi has been putting the SUV through its paces, with an eye towards an on-sale date sometime late next year.

The bad news is that it was not one of our usual clear-lensed spy photographers that captured these first images, but rather a sycophantic follower of our friends at CarPix. The resulting images are a lot lower resolution than we've come to expect, and there are far fewer angles from which to judge the car.

Still, we can make out the nose of the new Q7 is a bit flatter and wider than the rounded affair of the current car, and wears similar swoopy LED headlights as are found in the rest of the Audi range. We expect the overall dimensions of the 2015 Q7 to stay about the same as the existing model, but rumor has it that the SUV could be 800 to 900 pounds lighter in the next generation.

Getting the formula correct will be important for the Volkswagen Group, too, as the platform seen here will underpin the Q7, VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Bentley SUV.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      If past Audi design refreshes are any indication, they will add two LEDs to the headlamps.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Q5 is a looker, Q7 was oddly proportioned and not good looking, especially the rear quarter view, so it can mostly only get better and could use some more power!
      • 1 Year Ago
      ill take a '14 Durango R/T over this any day. Now if only I can get them to make an SRT variant. The Q7 just seems too round and feminine. Just my opinion. Not trolling.
        • 1 Year Ago
        cruizin, really? You should drive the Q7. We have one with the 4.2 and it is a beast. Plus, the fit/finish, interior and features are outstanding. With massive 20" wheels wrapped in 275 rubber, I don't think there's anything feminine about the look at all. People compliment the car all the time. I love it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        If dodge puts the 3.0L diesel in that Durango, you might have a good point.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi RS4 headlights with A7 tailights and a new body
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to Motor Trend this is after they preformed an emergency refresh because the original design was was "Too Brutal and Ostentatious." "... the next-gen Audi Q7′s planned design was so negatively received that its delay may have been a factor in getting former Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, then acting as head of product development at Audi, removed from his position in less than a year. The cost of the emergency redesign? About $260 million and the delay of the Q7′s launch."
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the platform seen here will underpin the Q7, VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Bentley SUV. " My heart still sinks everytime I read "Bentley SUV".
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        My heart still sinks every time I read 'VW Touareg'. The Q7 and Cayenne and Bentley just make it worse.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rear end looks like the EXP 9 F concept at first glance and I like it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think all Volkswagen Group models will probably end up looking the same. Such a shame to think that there will be little difference between an Audi SUV and a Bentley version.