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Next-gen Audi Q7 to shed 800 pounds

The next Q7 will ride on Volkswagen\'s modular longitudinal platform.

An anonymous inside source at Audi has confirmed that the second generation of the Q7 SUV will weigh about 800 pounds less than the current model. Built alongside the Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg in Bratislava, Slovakia, the behemoth will ride on Volkswagen's modular longitudinal platform.

Precisely what the next Q7 will look like is not currently known but Audi design chief Wolfgang Egger previously revealed that it will have a 3D grille design similar to the one seen on the Crosslane Coupé concept that bowed at the Paris Motor Show last September. The new grille will be complemented by either chrome or brushed aluminum accents depending on the trim level, giving the second-gen Q7 a cleaner and more dynamic front end than the current model.

Most of the first-gen Q7's diesel and gasoline engines will be carried over to the new model, but fuel-saving gasoline-electric hybrid version aimed at the United States and China will be added to the lineup shortly after the SUV's launch.

The next Q7 will be unveiled this summer and greet the public for the first time at next September's Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi has not confirmed this, but it will reportedly go on sale in the United States as a 2015 model.

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