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A prototype of the 2015 Audi Q7 was spied undergoing handling tests on the roads of Spain.

The car spotted by our spy photographers seems to have a shorter front overhang while the fenders look beefier compared to the current model. Just like in previous photos, the Q7 has a low ground clearance which probably indicates Audi is still working on the air suspension.

The new model is set to lose as much as 800 lbs (363 kg) and will likely feature a more sloping roofline. Power will probably come from a 310 HP (228 kW) 3.0-liter V6 TFSI and a 385 HP (283 kW) 4.2-liter V8 TDI. Reports are also indicating a new entry-level model with a smaller 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI, along with a flagship SQ7 Diesel equipped with a V8 TDI engine. A more frugal hybrid version is also in the works with possibly a 3.0-liter TDI and an electric motor which will generate an additional 115 HP (84 kW).

Audi could be planning to show the car in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show but they might decide to wait until September for the Paris Motor Show. Regardless of when it will be revealed, the next-gen Audi Q7 will go on sale towards the end of 2014 as a 2015 model year. 

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Gallery: 2015 Audi Q7 spied doing handling tests in Spain

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