The production version of Audi’s “Pikes Peak” quattro SUV design study is to bear the name Q7.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG made the announcement at the Paris Motor Show: “The letter Q denotes a new type family within our company, alongside A, S and RS. The 7 indicates that it is positioned between the A6 and A8.”

The Q7 will make its market debut at the start of 2006. The production version will be based on the Pikes Peak quattro concept study unveiled at the 2003 Detroit Motor Show. In common with the study, the five-door, seven-seater Q7 will combine the qualities of a fully-fledged off-road vehicle with the dynamism of a high-performance sports saloon.