Yet another car manufacturer whose getting onto the SUV bandwagon. Audi is currently testing it’s flagship SUV the Audi Q7. The Q7 shares a platform with it’s holding company’s Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne. The Audi Q7 is touted to be a Cayenne and X5 killer.

However the Q7 is not just a rebadge and redesign of the Volkswagen Touareg. Audi engineers have lengthened the wheelbase to fit a third row of seats more comfortably. The front of the SUV carries the familiar trapezoid-shaped sexy Audi nose. Menacing and gives it a feel of power don’t you think?

The Q7 was first unveiled as a concept Pikes Peak vehicle in 2003 at the Detroit Motor Show. The Q7 is now in final testing stages and will be unveiled this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Head of durability testing at Audi A.G.’s Martin Brand’s words:

We’re putting the Q7 through just about every horror imaginable to a car driver. Never before has an Audi vehicle had to go through such a broad-based spectrum of tasks and operational conditions during testing.

The test tracks we use are a collection of the world’s worst driving and obstacle routes imaginable in customer operating scenarios – pot holes, rough cobblestones, speed bumps, undulations, grit, non-surfaced roads, gravel, kerbstone mounting, railway crossings, water obstacles.

These are highly dynamic courses, on which driveline, body torsion and bending, as well as running gear durability and functionality are tested.

It’s very likely the Audi Q7 will come with the same engines as the Volkswagen Touareg, including the nice V10 turbodiesel just recently unveiled.