Audi Prepping Facelift 2020 Q7 With New Grille And Headlights

It looks like Audi is doing the exact same thing with this second-generation Q7 as they did with the original, which is not to mess too much with its exterior styling.

Then again, that’s perfectly understandable since the automaker’s main focus is to bring their large SUV up to speed with the latest in connectivity and driver-assistance systems so as to give it a proper fighting chance against the likes of BMW’s all-new X5 or Mercedes‘ latest GLE.

What’s different about it?

For starters, the design of the grille has been updated in a way where it now looks a little bit less like the SUV is wearing a mask. The grille (visibly smaller) is now a little more flush with the headlights, which have also been slightly redesigned to feature a downwards kink, sort of like the ones on the all-new Q3, albeit not that exaggerated.

At the rear, the SUV is still wearing its old taillights, but we expect that to change sometime in the future, as more production-ready prototypes will take to the streets.

The interior, while visible through the windows, is heavily camouflaged, which means that changes are coming inside as well. Still, it’s a little unlikely that Audi will do a full dashboard swap and install something like in the Q8. Odds are, interior upgrades will be similar to those received by the A4 facelift, which means a new steering wheel, new software, better materials, that sort of thing. We wouldn’t mind being wrong though.

As for any powertrain upgrades, no official info has surfaced as of yet, although we expect any future iteration of the Q7 to be more fuel efficient and also kinder to the environment, compared to the current model.

Audi will probably unveil their refreshed signature large SUV sometime next year, sending it out to battle the likes of the X5, GLE, XC90, Range Rover Sport and so on.

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  • Matthew Boyd

    Let’s be honest…As good as the Q7 is as an overall automobile, it is lacking in design. Them delaying the vehicle for so long just to redo the design and come up with the current one, will not be fixed this generation. Thank goodness for Audi’s new design team. This refresh will help, but looking forward to the next gen design 2022-2023 range.

    BTW, traffic jam assist looks like it’ll be updated with the laser scanners added on the front, and lack of tailpipes setting the tone for the company going forward. Makes sense.

    • OdysseyTag

      Yep, really does need an all new model. Compared to its platform-sharing siblings, it’s clearly the blandest of the bunch.

  • salamOOn

    ” it’s a little unlikely that Audi will do a full dashboard swap and install something like in the Q8″

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ffc680b2f453020231ac5b789a3badcd371a3893320ef53a31adcdd5928b443d.jpg

    • Ronald Roman

      What “little unlikely” means? Likely?

  • eye.surgeon

    I hope they change the cupholders. As ridiculous as it sounds the cupholders are the tiniest I’ve seen in a modern car, and this in a car targeted at soccer moms and their kids. my wife refused to buy it because of that. Literally the rear cupholders won’t hold a medium soda.

  • rockyroad

    …and here goes on the XC90 from 2015. timeless!

  • Joe E

    The exterior of the current Q7 is one of the dowdiest vehicles on the road currently – at any price, let alone the ridiculous price of the Q7. It’s as exciting as a K-car in design, and actually manages to look OLDER than the Q7 gen it replaced. I think a Chevy Traverse looks 100x better. I realize the Q7 has a nice interior, but exterior looks do matter to many of us.

  • Miknik

    Just what it needs – an even bigger grille.

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