Report: 2011 Audi A8 to be the last model to grow in size

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

The next-gen Q7 is a smaller, less aggressively styled SUV, according to sources in Ingolstadt. This means that Audi's fourth-generation A8 would be the last new Audi that is considerably bigger than the model it replaces.

Audi is carefully weighing the options for its slow-selling next-gen Q7, which is due in 2013. Mercedes wants to extend the wheelbase of the next GL to provide additional room for a full-size third row of seats.

However, Audi is considering whether to offer two different Q7 body styles: an XXL seven-seater for China, the Middle East, and North America and a relatively compact five-seater for Europe and the other countries.

It is believed that the most practical solution would be to restyle the vehicle on the existing matrix and to reduce its lifecycle to four years, bringing the Q7's development cadence back in line with that of Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg.

The weight of the Q7 is reduced by up to 550 pounds with the use of the high-strength steel platform but this may not be enough to improve fuel efficiency.

An all-new aluminum space frame architecture can lower the weight by up to 1100 pounds but it would be more expensive to execute. The aluminum space frame, which stems from Audi's passenger car-biased MLB components set, would enable Audi to offer a high-end four-cylinder engine in the Q7.

Topics: audi, audi a8, sedan

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

As it turned out, we’ll be seeing Toyota’s new super supermini at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s time we all get to meet the new Toyota Yaris...
by - February 23, 2017
Opel revealed it has sweetened the pot for 2017 Insignia Grand Sport customers with the Opel Exclusive program. Through this program, the brand hopes to introduce a wide selection of...
by - February 22, 2017
Fireball Performance Cars has been known to make the fastest sixth generation LT1 Camaros in the world. Once again it has managed to walk the talk as it hit a...
by - February 22, 2017
The North American unit of German premium carmaker BMW is recalling around 19,000 units of its BMW i3 electric vehicle because of the risk of fuel leak. You may ask,...
by - February 22, 2017
A publication by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed that Honda is still looking into the Project 2&4 Concept. Officially unveiled during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Project...
by - February 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries