The upcoming Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne coupé are just two of the seven uniquely styled SUVs from five different brands that the Volkswagen Group is planning to spin off the new MLB platform Audi is engineering.
While the new Q8 will lead a model push from within Audi which will see the production of 11 new cars by 2020, the Cayenne will spearhead a similar attack for Porsche by expanding its current lineup.
While the new Audi A7 will be the first model seen from the new assault when it goes on sale later this year, there are six others also in the pipeline.
Chief among the changes for the Q7 will be the shedding of more than 300kg thanks to the lighter MLB platform. The result will be improved agility and economy. A plug-in hybrid variant will be offered. Expect a less aggressive look, too.
The third-generation Cayenne is in development, even though a heavily facelifted current model isn’t due until later this summer. Expect an edgier, less rounded look for the next-gen Cayenne, inspired in part by the 918 Spyder.
The Falcon, as Bentley’s SUV is known internally, is due in 2017 and has been described as a “true thoroughbred” by bosses. It will mix sporting and luxurious traits with a 200mph top speed and refinement to better a Range Rover.
A revised Touareg was seen earlier this month in Beijing. The next-generation model will again be the VW Group’s price-leading big SUV, but it will get a more luxurious cabin, a lighter chassis and modern, fuel-efficient engines.