Next-gen Audi Q7 to be the brand’s final ICE model – Report

Audi has confirmed that all global launches starting 2026 will be pure electric vehicles. According to a fresh report from German magazine Auto Bild, Ingolstadt’s final global combustion model launch will be the next-gen Audi Q7.

The Q7, under production at the Volkswagen Slovakia plant since the end of 2005, is currently in the second generation. The original model was on sale for about ten years, and we expect a similar life span for the current one. In 2024, Audi could lift the covers off the third-gen Q7, and with the last Q7 and last Audi with a tailpipe.

New Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid

The current Q7 was the first Audi model based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo platform) when it debuted in December 2014. For the third-gen Q7, Audi will likely optimize costs and carry over the platform with upgrades. The next-gen Q7 should have electrification across variants, with plug-in hybrids offering a practical EV range of more than 50 miles (80 km) on the WLTP cycle. While BMW’s X5 xDrive45 already boasts of this – 55 miles (88 km), Q7 customers are currently stuck with just 27 miles (43 km) of zero-emissions range.

Audi Q7 TFSI e PHEV charging
The current-gen Audi Q7 PHEV, which is not available in the U.S., has a very limited EV mode range (WLTP) of 27 miles (43 km). Image Source: Audi

The next-gen Audi Q7’s engines would need to comply with the more stringent, Euro 7 emission norms in Europe. Instead of developing Euro 7 V8 engines for the most performance-focused variants, Audi engineers may fix-up V6 engines with improved electric power and torque. CEO Markus Duesmann has said that the company’s last internal combustion engine will be the best it has ever built, and this unit should find its way into the Q7. The mid-range and basic variants may have V6 and inline-four mills with 48-volt mild-hybrid tech.

New Audi Q7 Design

It’s too early to have conclusive descriptions about the next-gen Q7’s design, but’s illustrator Lars Saltzer’s spectacular rendering for Auto Bild has got us excited. The render borrows inspiration from the smaller, all-electric Q4 e-tron but presents the new design theme with a high aggression.

The wider, octagonal Singleframe, the noticeably slimmer and sharper headlamps with a vertical extension on their outer ends, the tall side air inlets, and the edgier and bolder bumper give a very brawny and sophisticated look to the SUV. This striking appearance is a huge departure from the current Q7’s weird face that barely reflects power or style now in 2021. The rendering shows virtual mirrors as well, but we are yet to know whether Audi plans to offer that feature on ICE models.

Release date

Unlike the current-gen Audi Q7 PHEV, the next-gen model will likely be available in the U.S. While the Q7 will remain an ICE model in its next-generation, its SUV-coupe cousin, the Audi Q8, will go all-electric. Automobilewoche had reported in June 2021 that the next-gen Audi Q8 will be a pure electric SUV made in Brussels, Belgium.

Expect to see the new Q7 in showrooms by the end of 2024.

Featured Image Source: AutoBild/Yumpu