The facelifted Audi Q7 has been revealed overnight, ahead of an Australian launch during the first half of 2020.
As previewed by various prototypes in spy pictures, the updated seven-seat luxury SUV sports a revised design inspired by other new models in Audi’s ‘Q’ crossover range – namely the Q3 and Q8 – while also getting a comprehensive technology and interior overhaul.
Let’s start with the exterior. Up front the Q7 resembles a much larger version of the new Q3, with a new octagonal ‘Singleframe’ grille with six upright slats, along with larger two-part side linlets.
The headlights offer optional HD Matrix LED technology with Audi laser light, and a new LED signature with striped effect.
At the rear, the Q7 has received further changes to bring it in line with the company’s other new models. The LED tail-lights are slimmer, with a new striped signature that is reminiscent of everything from the A6 and A7 to the Q8, while a new chrome strip spans the width of the vehicle joining the light units.
The vehicle you see here has been optioned with the S line exterior package, which brings more aggressive bumpers with skid plate elements front and rear, along with standard 19-inch alloy wheels (though the vehicle shown has larger rims).
New to the mainstream Q7 are electromechanical active roll stabilisation available as an option for the first time – seen on other models based on the MLB Evo platform like the Q8, SQ7 and Bentley Bentayga – comprising adjustable stabilisers that reduce body movements on uneven roads when driving in a straight line, also limiting body roll in corners.
There’s also four-wheel steering available as an option, which sees the rear wheels turn by up to five degrees in the opposite direction to the fronts at low speed to increase manoeuvrability, while turning slightly in the same direction as the front on the highway for enhanced stability.
More significant changes have been made on the inside, with the Q7 adopting Audi’s new dual-screen MMI Touch layout, pretty much lifted out of the related Q8.
As before, five or seven-seat configurations are available (depending on market), with the former offering between 865L and 2050L of luggage capacity. The Q7 gets an electric tailgate as standard equipment, with foot-activated gesture control available as an option.
The Q7 offers available cabin features like configurable ambient lighting, four-zone climate control, power soft-close doors, a Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System, along with air fragrances and ionisation.
A range of seats can be optioned, too, like the S sports seats ‘plus’ and multi-contour pews, in addition to heating, massage and ventilation functions.
As for driver assistance and connectivity systems, the updated Q7 is available with Audi’s latest MMI functions, including a WiFi hotspot, Audi Connect services – including online traffic information, Google Earth mapping, and compatibility with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
Like the SQ8 revealed earlier this week, the Q7 is also available with Car-to-X connected vehicle technology which allows the vehicle to ‘talk’ to infrastructure, allowing traffic light information to be shared so the driver can select a speed to match the next green light phase.
A new version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is available, as is a head-up display, which now display information relating to the Car-to-X function.
Semi-autonomous adaptive cruise assist – combining adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and lane assist – is available, in addition to efficiency assist which brakes and accelerates the Q7 “in anticipation of the conditions ahead”. There’s also a new emergency assist function which brings the car to a stop if the driver becomes unresponsive.
As for powertrains, all versions will get 48V mild-hybrid technology, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Two turbo-diesel engines will be available at launch, followed by a turbo petrol and a plug-in hybrid.
Audi hasn’t detailed outputs, performance figures, or fuel consumption, though it will likely be a range of 3.0-litre diesels and petrols like the Q8, while the plug-in hybrid will probably be an evolution of the current diesel-electric e-tron variant – which should be rebadged TDI e as per Audi’s renamed PHEV line-up.
Audi’s local division has indicated it’s expecting the new Q7 to arrive in local showrooms during the first half of 2020.
Further details regarding price and specification will be revealed closer to launch.
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