The 2015 Audi Q7 is inching closer to production as our spies have snapped some new pictures of the model at the company's Nürburgring testing facility.

Dressed in swirly camouflage, the redesigned crossover appears less rounded than its predecessor. The front fascia is heavily disguised we can see a prominent grille that is flanked by large air intakes and LED-infused headlights. The changes are more noticeable further back as there's a shorter rear overhang and a more angular tailgate.

Audi has been relatively coy about the model but the company's head of technical development has already confirmed it will ride on the MLB Evo platform and be significantly lighter than its predecessor. Nothing is official but some reports have indicated the model could drop as much as 800 lbs (363 kg).

Engine options will likely include the usual suspects, so expect a variety of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel units. There could also be an entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI and a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid variant.

Audi has previously announced plans to introduce the next-generation Q7 by the end of 2015 and some reports have indicated it could be unveiled later this year.

Gallery: 2015 Audi Q7 spied up close in Germany

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