The exterior styling differences compared to the outgoing iteration include new headlamps, grille, and front and rear bumpers, plus the addition of a chrome strip that joins the taillights together. The squared quad exhaust pipes have been replaced by round ones and the wheels are newly designed too.
It is inside, though, that the company’s designers and engineers concentrated most of their efforts. As with the latest Q7, the performance model gains two screens in the center of the dashboard, with the top one serving as the infotainment system and the bottom one being used for controlling the air conditioning.
Other improvements include the addition of more glossy materials. The list of tech features is extensive and includes standard digital instrument cluster and optional head-up display, an Alexa virtual assistant, Wi-Fi hot spot, voice control, traffic information online, navigation with Google Earth, four-zone air-con, soft-close doors, Bang & Olufsen sound system, air quality package, ambient lighting, HD Matrix LED headlights and so on.
No changes under the hood
The 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 diesel engine with the electric-powered compressor has been carried over. It continues to deliver 435 PS (429 hp / 320 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. As before, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration is completed in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is (again) electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The standard Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The SUV still comes with all-wheel steering while the stopping distance can be improved by opting for the pricey carbon ceramic brakes.
Audi will open the order books for the facelifted SQ7 at the end of the month, and it will arrive at dealers across Europe at the end of September. Pricing will kick off from €94,900 ($106,456) for the five-seater and €96,420 ($108,161) for the seven-seater model in Germany.