Audi has whipped the digital covers of its 2020 Q7 overnight, revealing a facelifted exterior as well as a reworked interior to bring the large SUV back in-line with the brand’s latest design language.
Featuring a fascia mimicking the one seen in the new Audi Q3, the 2020 Q7 has received a new set of headlights, a wide BMW X7-baiting Singleframe grille, larger air intakes, a tailgate that incorporates a full-length chrome strip and new tail lights. While the changes are small for a mid-cycle refresh, the design can certainly be told apart from the previous Q7.
Inside, the new dash loses the floating pop-up infotainment screen, incorporating a lot of the Q7’s controls into a dual touchscreen infotainment system as seen on the A7 Sportback and Q8. The instrument cluster features Audi’s virtual cockpit screen which will include Car-to-X traffic light information which is being rolled out in some European cities.
All powertrains of the updated Q7 range will utilise an eight-speed transmission and permanent all-wheel drive, and will also include mild-hybrid characteristics that Audi claims will reduce consumption by up to 0.70 litres per 100 kilometres.
The Q7 will receive active roll stabilisation which previously debuted on the sports-oriented SQ7, allowing the large SUV to compensate for body roll using electromechanical stabilizers during dynamic cornering. This will also improve ride quality in a straight line over uneven road surfaces.
There’s no news yet as to which powertrains will be in Australian dealerships, but it will likely be a range of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid version to join the range down the line.
Dimensions remain largely the same, with the new car growing a mere 11 millimetres longer to 5063 millimetres overall. Five or seven seat interior configurations will be available (dependent on market), with an 865 litre boot for the five-seater, expanding to 2050 litres with a flat load area.
Optionable items include an ambient lighting package, Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, adaptive cruise control, four-zone automatic climate control, all-wheel steering and LED Matrix Audi laser headlights. Of course, customers will be able to specify S-line design features that spruce-up the interior and exterior.
The Australian market can expect the new 2020 Audi Q7 to arrive within the first half of 2020, with the line-up and specification to be confirmed closer to that date.
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