The 2016 Audi Q7 SUV has been overhauled in a major way in its bid to shed weight, a total of 325kg lighter.
Details have been released ahead of its Detroit Motor Show in January.
The overall vehicle size is shorter, lower and narrower but clever visual tweaks have been used to disguise the shrinkage. The cabin space has been enlarged with an optional 3rd row of seats the Q7 can still boasts 295 litres of boot space and a staggering 890 ltrs of boot space with the two rows of seats.
The weight loss program starts with the chassis, now a mix of high and ultra high strength steel with most bolt on item such as doors, bumpers, bonnet etc. made from aluminium even the front shafts have been hollowed and the knuckles swapped for aluminium.
The suspension has been changed from control arms to a multiple link system fitted to all corners and again is made dominantly with aluminium and steel. An air system now allows the cars height to be altered to a 30mm lower motorway profile or a higher 60mm off-road stance.
Engines are relocated lower then before and have been improved to meet EU requirements. Audi’s 3ltr diesel gives 443lbs of torque, 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of just under 150mph. The e-tron plug-in version has the same 3ltr engine but an additional electric motor to power up to 516lbs of combined torque and 166mpg.
Even the electrics have been overhauled to reduce pounds proving there is nowhere on this new Q7 that has escaped the scales. The interior has not suffered though with all kinds of driver and passenger gadgets including on board wifi and even a speech control.
To maximise this car versatility the Q7 comes with seven settings the lift/off road, all road, individual, efficiency, comfort, auto and dynamic.