Recently, each automaker is promising large weight savings realized from redesigning traditionally heavy cars utilizing far more lightweight components. Land Rover claimed to get shaved as many as 926 pounds from the latest Range Rover-our scales revealed possibly 50 % which savings-and Ford has trumpeted the 2015 F-150’s aluminum body as saving 700 pounds versus its predecessor. Now Audi’s all-new Q7 SUV arrives touting a curb weight that’s 717 pounds lesser than before.
That’s quite a few fat to trim, yet simplifying the task is the fact that the last-gen Q7 was veritably overengineered. It sat on a platform distributed to Volkswagen’s Touareg and Porsche’s Cayenne, underpinnings developed to deliver big-time off-road skill; as a result, a bones was heavier and beefier than necessary for these vehicles’ day-to-day activities.
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