With the Volkswagen and Porsche, engineers managed to shed some 400 pounds, mostly via new construction processes, which included increased use of aluminum and in the case of the Cayenne, the removal of the previous generation’s two-speed transfer case.
According to Automobile Magazine, the next-generation Q7, which is expected to launch late next year as a 2013 model, will do even better and shed some 650 pounds. This will reportedly be done by adopting a new aluminum body, as well as smaller engines in line with Audi’s downsizing principle.
Not much else is know about the new Q7 except that it will likely remain slightly bigger than its Touareg and Cayenne siblings. There’s also a strong possibility that a hybrid variant will finally be launched, a vehicle first hinted at back in 2007.