The Audi Q7 has been on the market for what seems like an eternity but a new report is indicating the next-generation model has been delayed for an emergency redesign.

The Audi Q7 has been on the market for what seems like an eternity but a new report is indicating the next-generation model has been delayed for an emergency redesign.

Motor Trend is reporting the seven-seat crossover is going back under the knife as management deemed the styling “too brutal and ostentatious.” There's even word that the styling fiasco could have played a part in Wolfgang Dürheimer's downfall as the last minute redesign is expected to cost approximately $260 (€195) million and delay the model for an unknown period of time.

Despite the problems, development work seems to be progressing well as the publication has managed to obtain photos of a full-body prototype undergoing testing. The model is heavily camouflaged but it appears to have an evolutionary design with an aggressive front fascia and crisper lines.

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Audi Q7 delayed for an emergency redesign - report