It is most likely that Audi Q7 of second generation will keep its old wishbones. Active dampers with multiple operating modes, air suspension – all this will remain as well. That’s why we are able to say that next generation of Audi crossover will be built with the same platform.
Back in 2012 five-door Bentley model with fancy EXP 9 F index has agitated the entire automobile community and especially the visitors of Geneva Auto Salon. Its bold design was so unexpected that even the most mentally prepared people presented at the salon were extremely shocked. It is possible that the same Bentley will be the vehicle for the debut of MLB platform. This is a modular architecture for midsize and large models produced by Volkswagen Concern.
It will also form the base for Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and Volkswagen Phaeton of future generations. And what about the second generation Audi Q7?” you may ask. Well, it will be based on the current, but modernized platform.
In the next few years we will be faced with a boom of models built on a modular MLB platform. For example, Cayenne and next-generation of a serial Lamborghini Urus should appear on the market by 2017. The most noticeable jump in this direction is expected to happen in designing off-road vehicle curb weight.
Due to the increased use of aluminum and high-strength steels in the body structure and chassis of new Audi Q7, this crossover should lose almost 350 kg of weight. That is why the impact of motors needs a stronger impact. The expected engine options for the next generation of Audi Q7 include the diesel V6 TDI one with one or two turbochargers and 250-313 hp of capacity, as well as petrol unit with six or eight cylinders and 272-420 hp of capacity. All types of engines will be supplemented with an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. The wait is not that long too, the first appearance of this model is expected to happen at forthcoming Geneva Auto Show that will happen in the fall of 2014.