This is exactly what has happened; a German is left to fend for himself in the American roughs. There are many who thought an idea of an Audi Q7 pickup truck would be so bad that it’s good. But then again, who’s to blame if there’s someone crazy enough to imagine it. However, there have been pictures here and there which have shown that this Audi Q7 pickup truck exists and that there’s more to the story than what was the first thought.
The idea itself is worth a better look. What if the German carmakers do bring something like that to their production line. Though the images portray a somewhat uncanny similarity with the Audi Q7 itself, the car looks basically like a Q7 whose rear seats have been removed and changed into the pickup itself. It is quite easy to imagine then, just a modification apart.
Does an Audi Q7 pickup truck actually exist?
Yes and no. The pictures which went viral on the internet may incline anyone to think that it does. But the actual picture is that it is just a modified car, someone with a fascination for pickups ended up with a lot of remodeling.
The German automakers are in no mood or plan whatsoever to add pickups to their line anytime in the future. They have further plans for their Audi Q7 but definitely not as a pickup truck.
So that’s it?
Apparently, it is not. The whole idea of an SUV re-entering production to come out in the form of a pickup truck is a figment of imagination for many fanatics, a figment which may be rewarded in the near future. Both GMC and Chevrolet have given in to this demand by producing both SUVs and pickups on the same platform and gathered a loyal customer base from them. Pickups are not as in vogue in Europe as in the USA.
The concept of pickups and SUVs sharing platforms and design languages is not that difficult to fathom or to produce. Other than the basic chassis design, both transmission and power unit more or less remain the same with the only exceptions being that of higher lugging capacities. Also, there is added utility to cabin design and user interface.
According to Topspeed.com, Audi’s Q7 pickup truck will reportedly use a 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline V-6 engine. The supercharged mill delivers around 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, so it’s a perfect option for the vehicle. Of course, the manufacturer will pair it with an eight-speed automatic transmission and 4matic all-wheel drive. The manufacturer might also add a diesel engine, but the option won’t be available in North America due to VW’s diesel scandal.
Moral of the Story
Anyone can come up with the most radical design concepts. But production cars are those which cater to the basics of what every car design should incorporate as per its genre. Pickups and SUVs share some basic designs and structures; that is why someone came up with the idea of an Audi Q7 pickup truck. If the automaker really decides to build it, the price will probably start at around $50K.