Audi will build a seven-seat minivan

Posted on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 , 11:08:43 byEmil

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Audi will build a seven-seat minivan


Like a lot of other carmaker, Audi is also trying to separate from the minivan segment by offering alternatives in the form of seven-seat crossovers. Apparently the German carmaker has all the approvals necessary to start building its first Multi Purpose Vehicle that will be available only from the beginning of 2016. Nothing is for sure yet, but it seems that the minivan has as base a longer and wider version of the modular MQB platform architecture developed by the German Volkswagen Group. The same one is used on the Audi A3 and the Seat Leon and it will be used on the Volkswagen Golf Mk7 models. Audi sales and marketing chief Peter Schwarzenbauer thinks the car is a sporty-looking minivan that looks a lot like the Ford S-MAX that was not sold in the US and which is offered in both six and seven seat versions. Audi plans to use the V moniker for the minivan series and this means it could be named the V3 or V4. The model measures 4.5 meters in length and the engine lineup will be similar to the one used for the Audi A3. The carmaker will offer turbocharged diesel and gasoline units and there is the possibility of a hybrid power-train as well. A few months later, Audi had no plans what so ever to develop a pure MPV, but was looking to develop a high-roof version of the Audi A4 Avant. This model only has two rows of seats. It is a little too soon to tell which is the true variant, but one thing is sure. The carmaker tries to expand its range by introducing a more versatile model balancing between its crossover and station wagon proposals. In the photo gallery you can see the 2006 Roadjet Concept, a model built by Audi.