Audi just announced its intentions to build the Q1 in 2016. By that time, the company will already have introduced the opposing bookend to that subcompact utility vehicle, the fullsize Q7. The last time we saw the next-gen Audi Q7 out testing, our spy shots were very low quality and didn't reveal much about the luxury SUV. This time around we're able to make out a few key elements about the Q7.

For starters, the unfinished headlights have a stylish, wave-like lighting element with a three-dimensional appearance, while the rear of the Q7 will definitely get a similar wraparound liftgate as the current model. Overall, this prototype looks to be about the same size as the existing Q7, so it will be interesting to see how Audi squeezes almost 800 pounds from the SUV's curb weight. The diet will surely help improve efficiency, and we also hear that Audi is considering a plug-in hybrid model in addition to the standard gas and diesel variants.

Riding on a shared platform with the next-gen Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Bentley Falcon SUV, the next Audi Q7 is expected to bow in late 2014 for the 2015 model year.


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      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more these big SUVs evolve to improve efficiency, handling and crash testing, the more they look like wagons.
      Joe Sullivan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it too much to ask from Audi to offer captains chairs for the 2nd row and enough interior room to comfortably seat 7? We need something bigger than our MDX and dread having to go to a Suburban. (minivans are out of the question)
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      this looks like it suffers from the same frumpiness of the A8
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      For me, the Q7 has always been dead last in this segment in terms of styling and general appearance. I always thought it look too brawny and bloated. It lines look much better on the Q5. Hopefully this generation solves those problems. I want to like it
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robbie
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        Technoir
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robbie
        No I agree the current Q7 looks like a bloated whale of a wagon-FUV crossover.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robbie
        Yeah, just give me a diesel minivan, and stop trying to make it look like something it's not.
        TsarBomba
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robbie
        This whole conversation makes me happy.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice job ripping off Honda Odyssey
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      that toureg needs a sway bar
      KRG
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only derivative of the current Q7 mentioning is the S-Line. I love the wide stance of it and the front bumper The standard Q7, not so much.
      anton
      • 10 Months Ago
      Why does it look so small. It looks barely larger than Q5. If it won't compete with GL then what is the point? Also, all new SUV look like wagons. Fuel efficiency is important, but SUV got to look like an SUV and not a 3 row wagon.