Next-generation Audi Q7 delayed in favor of an emergency redesign

Article by Christian A., on August 13, 2013

It appears that the next-generation Audi Q7 will be delayed as the German manufacturer is planning an emergency redesign for the big SUV. According to MotorTrend, the early Q7 design was too brutal and ostentatious and was so negatively received.

MT also says that Wolfgang Durheimer a.k.a. Audi’s head of product development lost its job due to new Q7 design. The Q7 redesign will cost Audi $260 million and the delay of Q7’s launch. Regarding the new design, the Audi Q7 will get a new front end featuring company’s signature LED running lights, the new shield-shaped grille, new LED taillights as well as new crisp and clean lines.

Representing dynamism and road presence, the design of the Audi Q7 truthfully expresses its character. From its flowing surfaces to its coupé-like roofline as well as from its low window strip to its curved panel surfaces, the new Audi Q7 is loaded with its own distinct visual elements.

In terms of dimensions, the new Audi Q7 measures 5.09 meters (16.70 ft) in length, 1.98 meters (6.50 ft) in width and 1.74 meters (5.71 ft) in height. These dimensions as well as its wheelbase of 3 meters (9.84 ft) gives the new Q7 a spacious interior.

Its front end is marked by a large singleframe grille with chromed surround as well as elegant headlamps. As an option, the new Q7 could be specified with xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights and flashers. Also available as an option are adaptive headlights with integrated turning and cornering lights as well as low, full and highway beams.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Audi Q7 is distinguished by rear lights with characteristic lighting patterns, thanks to the use of LED units. The tailgate of the SUV – just like the bonnet and the front fenders – is made from aluminum and is designed to wrap around the rear roof posts in an S-shaped outline.

Add-on parts could be availed in either the body color or contrasting hues. All Audi Q7 SUVs boasts of a high-gloss package, but could be optionally availed with black styling package or the aluminum-look package. The aluminum-look package includes an all-round chrome trim strip on the bumpers, door handles door and capping strips. Also available is the S line exterior package that makes the Q7 look sportier.

Topics: audi, audi q7, suv

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