Audi’s new 2015 Q7 SUV has been revealed this week, showing a shift in styling to the German carmaker’s emerging corporate ‘face’.
These new images reveal a lower, squared-off front end wearing a larger grille than the outgoing model - as seen in spy photos captured in October.
The rear end also gets the squared-off treatment, including the twin oval tailpipes which have become quadrilateral-shaped in the new model.
The thin lighting strip in the rear bumper remains, but the tail lights are now more rectangular.
Inside, the pictures show what could be described as an ‘all-new’ interior, with all but the steering wheel bearing little resemblance to the outgoing model.
An upright touchscreen dominates the dash profile, while new air vents, climate function controls, T-bar shifter for the automatic transmission and more are all visible.
Specs for the new Audi Q7 reveal the new interior is also roomier than the outgoing model, despite an overall reduction in size.
The Q7 will shrink 30mm to 5.05 metres long, also measuring 1.97 metres wide and 1.74 metres high with a wheelbase of 2.99 metres.
It will slip under the two-tonne mark in 2015 to 1995kg, having shed an impressive 325kg.
Audi engineers have improved fuel consumption by up to 26 percent - no doubt helped by the weight-reduction - and buyers can expect a fuel figure as low as 5.7 l/100km.
But that’s nothing compared to a new plug-in hybrid version (called the Q7 e-tron) set to debut shortly after the rest of the 2015 Q7 range, which boasts a fuel figure of just 1.7 l/100km.
The Q7 e-tron is diesel-powered with quattro all-wheel-drive, offering 275kW and 700Nm in combined output with an electric-only range of up to 56km.
Other engine options in overseas markets will include 3.0 litre diesel- and petrol-powered options, but whether or not the 4.2 litre eight-cylinder diesel will carry over to the new model is unclear.
Stay tuned to TMR as more details emerge on the 2015 Audi Q7.
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