New Audi Q7 makes another appearance

New Audi Q7 makes another appearance

Next year's Audi Q7 SUV has again been spotted undergoing road tests, but this time with much less camouflage. This gives us an indication about the company's new design language.

The current model was brought into production in 2006 and has since undergone only minor tweaks. The new monster SUV 4x4 is set for its world debut in Detroit next year and the lack of disguise on its recent outing has revealed that it has a slightly more compact size than before, which will make it less intimidating to other motorists; however, as its name suggests, the Q7 has been designed 'big' and will remain a seven-seater.

Even though the Porsche Cayenne and the Bentley SUV do not offer seven seats, the Q7 will share the same MLB platform.

First seen on the Audi A8, the Audi design language will feature a hexagonal grille and matrix-LED headlights. At the back are LED lights, rectangular exhausts and a cleaner-looking tailgate design. The Q7 previously spotted at the Nurburgring was thought to be an e-tron plug-in hybrid version. When the car eventually goes into production, expect updated versions of the 4.2- and 3.0-litre TDI diesel engines from the current model, and there are also likely to be new petrol turbos and perhaps even the new four-cylinder diesel debuted recently by Volkswagen.All cars are likely to be four-wheel drive and have eight-speed transmissions, and prices should start at around £45,000.