For a while now, there have been speculations about Audi’s next model, a replacement of the Q7 SUV. According to sneaked pictures taken in Germany, they showed that the next Audi Q7 might be available in a hybrid option owing to the presence of an extra cap spotted above its rear fender. As the 2016 Audi Q7, it will be the first Volkswagen group car to be built on the MLB Evo platform, contrary to Audi’s tendency to develop a platform for all its car models. Indeed, the new 2016 Audi Q7 will appeal any prospective car buyer who will be searching for a modern car with attitude, character and above all performance.
2016 AUDI Q7: EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
The new MLB Evo platform is aimed at reducing the weight of this car by about 500 pounds. MLB is an acronym for a German term which in English means modular longitudinal matrix. It is a platform which utilizes aluminum and carbon fiber which enhances the car’s weight tremendously. It also improves the fuels economy of the car, an aspect which is expected to stand out in the 2016 Audi Q7. Also, the new platform will significantly enhance its handling, precision and agility. Furthermore, the new 2016 Audi Q7 will come with a redesigned front which will include a new grille and restyled LED headlights. Similarly, its rear bumper will get a new design and modern LED taillights. This car will maintain the standard 19 inch alloy wheels. All these exterior changes will make this new auto to look powerful and modern but still make it keep its cool and determinant form.
In terms of its interior, it still remains a mystery to date, but rumors indicate that its cabin will acquire the latest technological features. It is also expected to come with a modern digital instrumental panel and improved infotainment system.
2016 AUDI Q7: ENGINE AND FUEL ECONOMY
Latest reports indicate that there will be a plug in hybrid option, and it will come with a number of powertrains. There will be one gasoline and one diesel engine in its hybrid set-up. The model with the gas engine will combine the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 which produces 333 horsepower. Further, the gas engine will have an electric motor with 95 horsepower which will be linked to a lithium-ion battery pack. This combination will help in delivering about 416 horsepower and 435 lb feet of torque and approximately 50 mpg combined.
The hybrid model with the diesel engine will use a 3.0-liter TDI V6 combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This engine’s expected output will be about 369 horsepower and 516 pound-ft of torque. The same engine is rated at 59 mpg combined. Later on, the 2016 Audi Q7 will acquire an extra diesel engine. It is rumored to be a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 TDI with an electric supercharger. This expected engine will generate a staggering 400 hp and 600 lb feet of torque.
2016 Audi Q7: Release Date, Price and Competitors
Its scheduled release date will be towards the end of 2015. Price of new 2016 Audi Q7 will be slightly higher than the current price, although t has not yet been determined. However, the base trim level will cost roughly $ 50 000. The biggest rivals of new 2016 audi Q7 on marke will be: BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne.