The next-generation Audi Q7 will be over 880 lbs. (400 kg) lighter than the current Q7. Moreover, patient Fourtitude sources have also told us that the Q7 will migrate to the MLB architecture that underpins the A4, online A5, help A6, A7 and A8.
Could this mean MLB-evo?
If the next generation Q7 will be indeed so light, the new Suv will behave much better in terms of stability, performance and – obviously – the consumption and emissions CO2.
Actual generation Q7 utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Based on the Audi Pikes Peak quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not meant for serious off-road use where a transfer case is needed.
In the US, Q7 was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 model. Available models include 3.6 FSI quattro, 4.2 FSI quattro, 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro.
Changes include standard LED taillights with available LED turn signals and daytime running lights, SIRIUS traffic system.
Production version went on sale in September 2009.For 2011 the 3.6 FSI and 4.2 FSI were replaced by two 3.0 L TFSI supercharged engines. The base version develops 272hp and 295 ft-lbs while the S-Line has 333hp and 325 ft-lbs.