2015 Audi Q7 Spied Testing

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

AutoGuide‘s spy photographers have caught the new, next-generation Audi Q7 during its first public testing.

The all-new Q7 isn’t expected to hit the market until late 2014, likely as a 2015 model year, and its platform will be shared with the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, and the upcoming Bentley SUV.

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The next-generation Q7 is expected to keep the same size as the current iteration, but will shed around 880 pounds. The current-generation Q7 is now over eight years old, so a major update is overdue for the aging SUV model.

Thanks to its weight loss, the next-generation Q7 will likely see a hybrid variant powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine mated to a pair of electric motors for the U.S. and China markets. Other models will carry over current powertrains.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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