Development of Audi's sporty seven-seat MPV model intended for 2016 is ongoing. This model is based on the bigger version of the modular MQB architecture of the Volkswagen Group. Peter Schwarzenbauer, the sales and marketing chief of the automaker, said that this new car will be available with six or seven seats and would be based on the Ford S-Max.
An exclusive rendering provides us with a preview of this model. Audi will be able to offer a roomy premium model at a lower price with its plan to use a longer, wider version of the MQB platform instead of the A4’s more sophisticated platform. The first time that Audi considered making an MPV model with the A4-based Roadjet concept was in 2006.
The MQB platform can be used on both front drive and four-wheel drive, says Autocar. Furthermore, the MPV will be available with a variety of transverse engines to help make the most of the interior space. Most likely, this model will be about 4500mm long. The petrol engines would stem from Audi’s EA888 lineup of 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre TFSI engines with 180bhp and 222bhp respectively.
Diesels will be based on the EA288 family while the 2.0 TDI will be available with either 141bhp or 175bhp. The version with the highest fuel economy would most likely be a hybrid model that merges a 148bhp 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with a 107bhp electric motor and battery pack. In addition, Audi could boost the performance of this new model with a 276bhp 2.0 S version. Senior sources from inside Audi implied that a new model will usher in a new strand of badging for Audi that may lead to an entirely new model line. A new naming process that starts with the letter ‘V’ (which stands for ‘Vario’), has been rejected.