Audi Q7 Gets A Makeover And Some New Tech

The Audi Q7 has been given a comprehensive facelift for the 2020 model year and is set to initially launch in Europe in mid-September.

Styling alterations have been made across the SUV’s exterior. At the front, for example, there are new headlights with a contoured design and optional HD Matrix LED technology with laser lights. Audi has also tweaked the rear of the Q7 and fitted a chrome strip connecting the taillights. The lights themselves also feature different graphics.

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Of more significance than the styling changes are the advancements found beneath the skin. Electromechanical active roll stabilization is available as an option to reduce body movements on uneven roads when driving in a straight line. When the car is cornering, the system reduces body roll significantly.

The new Audi Q7 can also be equipped with all-wheel steering which turns the rear wheels by up to 5 degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds and turns them in the same direction at higher speeds to improve stability. Adaptive air suspension is also featured.

Depending on the market, the new Q7 will be sold with a choice of two 3.0-liter diesel engines producing 228 hp and 282 hp respectively. There is also a 335 hp 3.0-liter petrol engine on offer and soon, a plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup. All engines are coupled with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive and the diesel and petrol engines all include a 48-volt main electric system.

Modifications have also been made the Q7’s interior. There is the latest version of the German automaker’s MMI infotainment system with a pair of large screens in the center of the dashboard. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit also comes standard and a head-up display is optional.

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  • yonceous

    much needed but I wish it had captains chairs…

    • OS

      i think they are trying to make a Q9 e-tron..and that should have captain chairs

  • Willzyx

    That’s a lot of changes for a facelift.

    • It’s becoming a trend it seems… Just look at the A4 or the 7 series faceilft. It’s hard to keep the design cycle of the old days, everything is just moving so fast…

  • Zandit75

    Can we get some decent sized images loaded up here?

  • JTL2017

    This is a nice “facelift”. The interior and the new tech will definitely make this very competitive and compete with the segment bests.

  • It’s less bland than before, which is good.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Overall, I like it. The E-Tron front fascia (surprise, surprise) works well on a gas-powered SUV. Reminds me of the first-gen in a good way. Lights look great. Rear-wheel steering is always appreciated, and overall it feels more upscale than before. This is the Audi I expect.

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  • caddy45

    Great to see the new interior carried over here and that they didn’t wait for the all-new design. Was hoping we’d see a new petrol engine with more hp but excited to see what the plug-in will bring, hopefully it comes to the US.

  • OS

    wow…this might as well be a redesign!

  • nastinupe

    The exterior still looks like a jacked up wagon. Ford got the SUV dimensions right with that new Explorer. And the crazy thing is that I had an opportunity to drive the Q7 for 300 miles on a road trip because my A7 broke down and I loved the Q7 on the inside and it drove like a dream… But the exterior just sucked.

  • TheBelltower

    Audi used to be masters of design. Now with all the plastic fakery, faux exhaust vents and unnecessary appliqués, they are just as bad as lesser brands. And that interior. Today, Volvo is more Audi than Audi.

    • vvmdrf

      In my view, the XC90 is still king of the segment design-wise.

      • salamOOn

        They need bigger engine for the car.

    • Mike anonymous

      I am personally a bigger fan of their 2000s’ design language. These were vehicles that had a certain elegance to them whilst also being undeniably ‘cool’ and/or good-looking; from their Supercars, to their SUVs’

      Their previous design language based on the 2003; Audi Le Mans quattro Concept, Nuvolari quattro Concept, & Pikes Peake quattro Concept, (2 of which later had their designs used for production vehicles such as the 2008 R8 & The previous generation Q7.).

      The closest to their old design language I’ve seen Audi present is in their Audi Q4 e-tron Concept. Not to say their current generation design language is bad, as it looked quite promising on a number of their concepts as from the CrossTT to the Prologue, but the implementation of said design language simple is not to the same degree (in my own opinion, to which some may disagree) as the previous generation of Audi design.

      • TrevP

        I love the 1st gen Q7

      • Enter Ranting

        Audi has MASSIVELY lost its way, design-wise.

    • Marc Gruben

      Yup. I could always count on Audi to have clean designs but now they are following BMW down the rabbit hole in the relentless pursuit of Lexus-like garishness.

  • Sh=+# Now the Q7 also has the stupid two touch screens that don’t work the same way with a lot of fake chrome and shinny black plastic. Ooooooh Audi why. For the exterior, the chrome bar in the back is not good looking, the front, ok just looks different, not better or worst so why not… But this new dash why ???? You just couldn’t let the Q7 finish its life alone???

    • Daniela Wolf

      Q7 and Q8 Interieur…..

    • BlackPegasus

      While the new corporate interiors across the Audi lineup aren’t the best, they are miles ahead of the older interiors in my view.

  • Karl

    Still looks like a glorified station wagon..

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Still not as good looking as gen 1 Q7, but much improved. The plastic body cladding gives it a dose of fake macho it desperately needed.

    • BlackPegasus

      Agreed, the pre-refreshed model looks like a mom car. None of the sporty or desirable characteristics of the 1st gen model.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I didn’t think it could get uglier… but here it is, king of overdesign.

  • Knotmyrealname

    OK, I get it. Split the grille down the middle, and this is what BMW are chasing.

  • salamOOn

    I like the new rugged exterior, but man i couldnt hate more that glossy black and tablets interior……

  • StrangerGP

    Big boring car.

    At least they ditched the retractable middle screen which looked ancient even when this generation was premiering.

  • driv3r

    The Q7 was the the Audi model next to the A4/A5 that needed a big refresh the most when compared to the competition. Adding the Q8 dashboard to the Q7 puts it on par with the new X5 and new GLE in the infotainment department whether or not one likes the multi-touchscreen layout.
    For me personally the light design is not 100% my taste but it reflects the latest Audi design language with the segmented LED-design. The huge chrome bar on the tailgate isn’t as nicely integrated into the design as it is on the current A6 (and it sadly isn’t one piece but made out of three pieces – I guess that wouldn’t have happened with Mr. Perfectionist Winterkorn…).
    The comparison why the Q7 is more a “jacked up station wagon” than any other SUV isn’t that understandable for me as the Q7 is well more offload capable than most things called “SUV”.

  • alex.remsen

    why the hell couldn’t they make it look like this from the beginning is beyond me

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  • Marc Gruben

    Don’t like the “Hanibal Lecter’s facemask” grille and I hate piano black in cars. All piano black does is highlight fingerprints and makes dust 100x more noticeable. At least the grille surround on the Q7 is body color, unlike the monstrosity on the Q8.

    • Enter Ranting

      I’ve never seen a Steinway made of shiny black plastic. “Piano black,” talk about a euphemism.

      • Marc Gruben

        I know. Some materials just don’t belong in a high-end car. It’s like real carbon-fiber vs the fake aftermarket stuff. Both of them still look like glossy plastic to me. Give me real open-pore wood.

  • getoffme

    Not just a facelift.

  • Enter Ranting

    The interior is a plastic nightmare with Camaro lighting strips.

  • FloridaMatt

    Why does it seem like Audi is changing grilles faster than Lincoln used to?

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