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Audi has started development on the next-generation Q7 SUV using the same platform that will underpin the upcoming new Bentley SUV.
The full-size Q7 SUV will use the SUV-spec version of the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB modular platform; it’s designed to underpin a whole range of medium to full-size cars, in a similar way to the adaptability of VW’s MQB 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.
The next Q7, due next year, will shed up to 350kg from its kerb weight, thanks to a more extensive use of aluminium in its body and structure. It will also usher in a refresh of Audi’s design language.
Next-gen versions of the Touareg and Cayenne are due in around 2016-2017, so both firms are instead readying imminent facelifts for the current cars. The Urus is set to be
built from 2017.