Audi's S-Max rival will be built on a longer and wider version of the MQB platform
Audi's sporty seven-seat MPV is expected to arrive in 2016. The Ford S-Max rival, the existence of which was confirmed to Autocar earlier this month, is currently undergoing development and will be based on the larger version of the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB architecture.
According to sales and marketing chief Peter Schwarzenbauer, the new car – interpreted here in this exclusive rendering – will be offered with six or seven seats and follow in the mould of the popular S-Max.
Using a longer, wider version of the MQB platform, rather than the A4’s more sophisticated platform, will allow Audi to offer a spacious premium model at a lower price point.
The MQB platform allows both front drive and four-wheel drive. The MPV will also get a range of transverse engines to help maximise interior space. It is likely to measure around 4500mm in length.