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Audi Q7, shorter and lighter the second generation becomes the forerunner for the VW Group.
Audi Q7, shorter and lighter the second generation becomes the forerunner for the VW Group.

Audi had a lot of time to make this one perfect and the brand’s team of engineers had enough time to work on the second gen Q7 SUV as the work on it was commenced as early as 2009. Even the original was four years old when it happened, and the concept shown in January 2003 came into production in 2005.

So it took six years for Audi to get the successor into the market, and the brand had valid reasons for doing so. Audi twice changed the development chief and each time the car had to be rechecked thoroughly.  Another reason was that the Audi Q7 was going to be the forerunner for the MLB platform based second-generation vehicle, which also made it important for the Volkswagen Group, as it will be the basis on which the future models of Audi will be designed as it has served for VW, Porsche, and Bentley.


The launch of the Q7 has to be a clean one said Ulrich Hackenberg the R&D Chief. Another explanation was the tremendous volume of 500, 000 units sold across the globe, Audi was in no rush to replace the profitable model.   Based on the success the second generation was not required to express fake feeling of modesty, and it surely does not.  On the road, the new version of SUV is among the most aggressive looking. The Q7 of new has lost a couple of inches and is smaller compared to the previous model. But this minor aberration has been hugely neutralized by the boxy fenders and ostentatious new grille. The visual bulk, however, is not reduced by the lower flanks with decorative silver trim and like before the Q7 looks a better vehicle with 20 or 20-inch wheels that are optional for the 2016 model.

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