Audi readies third-gen Q7 for 2026 debut
The new Q7 will be one of the last combustion-engine-powered Audi cars.
Audi has begun work on the third-generation Q7 SUV that will see a global debut by 2026. The new Q7 will be one of the last combustion-engine-powered Audi cars as the German brand has plans to introduce electric models only from 2026.
New Audi Q7 design highlights
Design-wise, the new Q7 will follow Audi's upcoming Q3 and Q5 in adopting a new-style front end, with an expansive new version of the octagonal grille and sleek, split-cluster LED light designs and a clamshell bonnet. It will get a straight roofline along with a boxy-looking rear in order to continue with a strong emphasis on interior space and boot capacity, but it's not yet clear whether it will be tangibly larger than today's Q7.
New Audi Q7 platform details
The new Q7 will sit on an evolved version of the MLB architecture that underpins the current Q7. Revisions will be made to accommodate new powertrains, including longer-range plug-in hybrids that will allow it to better compete with rivals.
The latest version of the smaller MQB platform, which underpins a raft of Volkswagen Group cars, can now accommodate a 19.7kWh battery that gives an electric-only range of up to 100km in the PHEV versions of the new Volkswagen Passat sedan and latest Tiguan. The extra floorspace in the MLB platform means it will no doubt be able to accommodate this battery or even a larger pack, boosting the Q7 PHEV's EV range beyond the 42km of today.
New Audi Q7 powertrain details
Official details on the new Q7's powertrain offering remain under wraps, however, beyond Audi's earlier confirmation that its final generation of ICE cars will be powered by a "completely new family of engines".
The Q7 will no doubt continue to be offered with a choice of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines, with a warmed-up SQ7 variant topping the line-up with a tweaked version of Audi's twin-turbocharged petrol V8.
New Audi Q7 interior highlights
Inside, the Q7 will take the lead from the new Q6 e-tron, which sets the tone for a wide-reaching revamp of Audi's approach to cabin design. There will be a panoramic curved interface for the driver display and infotainment, together with a separate touchscreen for the front passenger and an optional augmented-reality head-up display for real-time navigation guidance projections.
New Audi Q7 positioning
The Q7 is set to relinquish its position as Audi's biggest SUV, as a larger and more luxurious Q9 is due to arrive at around the same time to rival the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. The German brand also took the wraps off the second facelift for the current Q7 in a bid to keep it in the minds of buyers until the all-new model arrives.
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