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2020 Audi Q7 facelift reveals new look, reworked interior

By Tom Fraser, 26 Jun 2019 Car News

2020 Audi Q7 facelift reveals new look, reworked interior

Audi’s luxurious big SUV receives more tech and updated mild-hybrid engines

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.

READ: Our thoughts on the current 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.

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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.

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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.