Audi's next Q7 SUV will debut a more sharp-edged styling language for the carmaker, revealed further in these latest spy photos.
While the usual wild camouflage has obscured most of the key details, these shots offer a new look at the 2014 Q7 in its production body.
The German brand is keeping mum on the details, but it is likely that last year's Crosslane Coupe concept, and the sharp lines of the recent Sport Quattro concept, will share a few styling tricks with the big flagship Q7.
Speaking with Britain's Autocar recently, Audi Group design boss Wolfgang Egger said that the next Q7 will debut a '3D' grille design, similar in concept to the Crosslane's snout.
While the Crosslane's snout wears a more complex grille than suggested, Egger promised a clean new look - again like the Sport Quattro - is in the works.
"We're not putting stuff on, we're taking it away," Egger told the magazine.
As reported last year, the Q7's new styling is expected to preview an SUV-specific style, while variations of the theme will be developed for other bodystyles in the Audi range.
“We know that some people think our saloons look too alike and are well into a project to change that. We will mainly do that with the proportions of those cars," Audi brand design head Stefan Sielaff told Autocar in 2012.
"It will mean differences, say in the way the headlights meet up with the grille. The design details will be different,” he added.
Spy photos obtained in the past year also suggest the new Q7 will be even larger, with extended tracks clearly visible on camouflaged test cars.
The new Q7 is reportedly not far away, replacing the current model that launched in 2005 and gained a facelift in 2009. A debut as early as January's Detroit Auto Show could be on the cards.
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