A prototype of the second generation Audi Q7 was spied recently on the Nürburgring circuit in Germany.

A prototype of the second generation Audi Q7 was spied recently on the Nürburgring circuit in Germany.

The range-topping Audi SUV was caught on camera yet again and just like before the prototype was fully camouflaged both inside and out. In one of the pictures we get to see the car at the test center with the boot open showing the taillights are integrated in the tailgate as they are on the current model. However, the boot sill appears to sit slightly lower which should provide an easier load/unload process.

Audi will not alter the Q7's design too much as the new model will adopt an evolutionary approach but expect to find a more angular tailgate and a slightly shorter rear overhang. Also part of the package will be LED-infused headlights and a prominent front grille together with bigger air intakes.

The 2015 Audi Q7 will utilize the MLB Evo platform and could lose up to 363 kg (800 lbs). Don't expect any surprises in terms of engine lineup but there could be a small 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TDI for the entry-level model along with a more frugal plug-in hybrid derivative offered alongside the usual 6- and 8-cylinder gasoline and diesel motors.

Audi previously said the all-new Q7 will come out before the end of 2015 but some reports indicate it will actually happen this year.

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