It has been nearly five years since Audi revealed the second-generation Q7. Throughout its current run, the Q7 has only received minor upgrades like new engine choices, additional variant offerings, and some special edition models.
Clearly it’s due for refresh, and Audi did just that. Say hello to the 2020 Q7 facelift. It gets some noticeable changes inside and out, some key tech upgrades, as well as some improvements to its chassis.
Starting with the most obvious change, the 2020 Q7 now carries a more robust design. The signature ‘Singleframe' front grill now has an octagon shape and features six vertical slats similar to the Q8. There are even larger corner air intakes on the front bumper which give the SUV a bolder and sportier look. Finally, the headlights receive a mild redesign thanks to a slight kink and are still available with the optional LED matrix lighting.
The rather slab-sided rear from before now looks sleeker and more stylish thanks to a fresh set of taillights, and thick chrome strip that runs the entire width of the tailgate. Opt for the S line package and the Q7 gets a plethora of exterior upgrades like: a blade in the front bumper, accentuated underbody protection and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Besides getting a new look, the updated Q7 is now 11mm longer and 2mm wider according to Audi. This means the SUV now measures 5062mm long and 1968mm wide. Height still remains the same, however, at 1741mm.
It’s not only its exterior that gets a nip and tuck. Inside, the Q7’s interior gets an upgrade as well. Whether you have 5 seats or 7 seats, the SUV is now available with two touchscreen displays borrowed from the Q8. The top display manages the in-car infotainment system while the bottom screen controls HVAC. All of these are then complemented by gloss black trim pieces that pre-dominantly covers the dashboard and center console.
Like its predecessor, a bevy of high-end in-car features and connectivity systems are available on the Q7. It comes with MMI navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot with LTE support, voice control, navigation with Google Earth support, Amazon Alexa, and the all-digital Audi virtual cockpit with heads-up display. Four-zone automatic climate control, LED ambient lighting, Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, and air quality package with fragrance and ionizer round up some of the extra features that can be specified on the Q7.
Upon its availability in the market, a choice of two turbo-diesels are available for the refreshed Q7. Come September 2019, a gasoline turbo and a plug-in hybrid powertrain will be offered as well. All variants will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with permanent quattro all-wheel drive. Other upgrades Audi made for the updated Q7 include: enhanced active roll stabilization for reduced body roll, and all-wheel steering.
The 2020 Audi Q7 will be launched in Europe around the middle of September 2019. Other global markets will follow suit.