Audi’s best family SUV looks as fresh as ever.
As fantastic as the Q7 is, Audi’s large family SUV was starting to feel a little dated amongst the growing crowd of fresh faces from the Four Rings. So to keep the sales machine churning and maintain its SUV line’s look consistent, especially now that the SQ8 has just been released, Audi has unveiled a facelifted Q7 just in time for the 2020 model-year.
Sticking closely to the camouflaged Q7 test mules our spy photographers have caught, the new Q7 adopts a series of subtle exterior design changes that culminate to make a big difference. Among them is a larger octagonal grille with a thinner border and slats alighted vertically rather than horizontally, a new front fascia that accommodates the enlarged grille and allows the side air intakes match its growth spurt, and a new headlight design to sharpen up the look, especially when optioned with HD Matrix LEDs.
Enabling the Q7 to look more rugged like the Allroad members in the Audi family, the facelifted SUV gets body cladding that runs from the front lip, past the side body panels, over the front and rear wheel arches, and onto the rear bumper where it borders dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Facing that end, one can see the Q7’s new chrome strip connecting the new and thinner taillights.
The interior gets much more noticeable changes that are inspired by the Q8, the most obvious being a dual touchscreen display system with the screens embedded in the dash rather than placed on top of it in spirit of the old Q7. By using touchscreens, Audi was able to get rid of the knob and touchpad duo used to control the old interface, opening up space in the front and giving the interior a cleaner look. The new car is actually longer too, by only 0.4 inches, but the gains give either five or seven passengers some extra interior room to play with.
Aside from the extra room, Audi attempts to make the ride more comfortable by giving buyers the ability to option their Q7s with active road stabilizers and a four-wheel steering system, which work in tandem with the available air suspension system (standard on 7-seat models). Without a jarring ride, both driver and passenger should be able to use the touchscreen system to play with the Q7’s new connectivity features without hitting a bump and pressing the wrong button.
Everything from Amazon Alexa to Vehicle-to-X (vehicle to infrastructure) compatibility is available, with the latter displaying how many seconds until a red light turns green on the digital gauge cluster and recommending a travel speed so a driver hits only green lights. But if the Q7 is found at a red light, it will take advantage of its range of 48-volt mild-hybrid power plants to take off without using as much fuel.
While Audi has yet to announce engines it will offer in the US, European Q7 buyers will have to choose between two diesels, a gasoline engine, and a plug-in hybrid variant. Each of these will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that’ll send power to all four wheels using Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
Pricing hasn’t been made available yet, but be on the lookout for the new Q7 when it hits the European market in mid-September, with a US launch taking place soon after.