Next-Generation Audi Q7 Will Share Bentley’s SUV Platform
Audi has started development on the next-generation Audi Q7 SUV using the same platform that will underpin the upcoming new Bentley SUV.
The next-generation Audi Q7 SUV will use the SUV-spec version of the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB (Modularer Längsbaukasten) modular platform, which is designed to underpin a whole range of medium to full-size cars, in a similar way to the adaptability of VW’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform for small to medium-size cars.
The MLB platform will also underpin the next-generation VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne models, and a production version of the Lamborghini Urus concept.
Recently Bentley confirmed development of an SUV which will go on sale in 2016. The sketch was released by the company at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. The sketch showed a more streamlined roof and waistline. The new model will represent the brand’s hallmarks of “luxury, performance, quality and craftsmanship”, and Bentley says that it will be the “most luxurious and most powerful SUV” on the market.
The next-generation Audi Q7, due next year, will shed up to 350kg from its kerb weight, thanks to a more extensive use of aluminum in its body and structure. It will also usher in a refresh of Audi’s design language.