2020 Audi Q7 Facelift Getting Q8-Style Triple Screen Dashboard

Another day, another piece of the 2020 Audi Q7 puzzle falls into place, as this prototype was spied wearing production lighting units front and rear, and its new grille. Most importantly though, we can finally see what’s going on with the interior design.

Surprise! Audi actually did perform a full dashboard swap, removing the old unit and replacing it with the one from the brand new Q8 crossover, which in turn should give the Q7 a fighting chance against newly-designed rivals such as the latest generation X5 and GLE.

Premium SUVs are all about tech

Look inside any luxury crossover and you’ll find an abundance of touchscreen surfaces, digital gauge clusters, sleek designs and a wide range of built-in safety and convenience features. This is true for the BMW X5, Mercedes GLE, Porsche Cayenne, various Land Rover products and quite a few others.

Falling behind in that department would have been unacceptable for Audi, which is why they pulled out all the stops for the facelifted version of the Q7. In fact, the last time a major design change took place inside a premium SUV was when Mercedes shifted from the ML to the GLE – and that wasn’t actually a full dashboard swap.

Anyway, what this all means for the Q7 is that it gets the automaker’s MMI touch response displays (10.1-inch on top, 8.6-inch bottom), 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, head-up display, ambient lighting, plus features such as MMI navigation plus and the Audi connect data transfer module with LTE Advanced standard and Wi-Fi hotspot – we imagine.

As for safety, if the Q8 is anything to go by, and it should, the Q7 will rely on systems such as adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, crossing assist, lane change warning, curb warning and a 360-degree camera.

A familiar face

Even though the facelifted Q7 is getting new headlights, new taillights, new tailgate design with a possible horizontal strip like the new A6 Avant, plus a smaller front grille, overall, it will remain instantly recognizable to anybody who’s ever seen a second-generation Q7 before.

Audi should launch the 2020 Q7 sometime next year, with a range of petrol, diesel and electrified powertrains.

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  • Nordschleife

    I wonder how the new A4 and A5 interiors will look when their new models are introduced.

    • Jason Panamera

      Since A6 and models above have 3 screens and Q3 have 2 screens, I guess that A4/A5 will get 2 and a half screens.

  • salamOOn

    oh no… audi, why do you have to ruin that beautiful q7 interior and replace it with this glossy sh*t?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51bff8d5154d44e059c8f6ac74542756b2b38afd8353830bc352f42ae41f3f44.jpg

  • roy

    This is perhaps the most extensive facelift carried out by Audi in recent years.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    this is much like heavy facelift as q7 is the second model to emit virtual cockpit

  • Toss

    What a surprise!….surley I did not expect a Q3 interior…

  • caddy45

    This is exciting, as much as I liked the original interior I felt it started to look a bit outdated (compared to the newer Audi interiors).

  • Jason Panamera

    Audi could implement new interior for Q7 but Benz couldn’t do it for C class.

    • Matt

      Maybe Audi is planning a longer life-cycle on the Q7 so nessecitates a bigger overhaul to remain relevant another 3-4 years from now.

      Also Mercedes is probably pooling their resources into new models and the EQ brand so decided against investing many more millions into the C facelift.

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe Mercedes didn’t feel it needed a new interior and save for your potential feelings about the screen on top the C-Class didn’t need a new interior.

  • klowik

    Audi should spend more to make Q7 Hybrid, and get rid of the diesel models.

  • rockyroad

    Did Audi just put the Q8 dashboard in and call it “facelift”?

  • brn

    Three screens????

    My ’13 Taurus has three screens.

  • Chris

    Maybe I’m in a minority but isn’t this a step backwards? I love Apple and my iPad and iPhone, but do not like touch screens in cars. I had a Volvo XC90 2016+ and touch screen works, but you have to constantly look at the screen to know what your clicking and have to move you hand to various parts of the screen(s), and have to look down for nav since its not on the dashboard anymore in this 2020. Versus having on dashboard, and control everything on steering wheel or with right hand where it rests. I’m a millenial too, so can only assume older generations will be even more upset. I understand touch screen is easier for flexibillty for carmakers as well as for newbie drivers, but for people who get use to their cars and want to master them, they are aweful. I’m sure Audi’s will be better than Volvo but some limitations of alltouch screens.

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