As fantastic as the Q7 is, Audi’s large family SUV was starting to feel a little dated amongst the growing crowd of fresh faces from the Four Rings. So to keep the sales machine churning and maintain its SUV line’s look consistent, especially now that the SQ8 has just been released, Audi has unveiled a facelifted Q7 just in time for the 2020 model-year.
Both the front and rear fascias are massaged to adopt the newest SUV styling from Audi, looking a bit more like the Q8 from the front. New headlights with Audi’s latest LED tech are on board, as are newly styled LED taillights that look properly trippy. The inside of the Q7 is the bit that went through the most substantial changes. Just like the Q8, the Q7 adopts Audi’s latest MMI, making sure it has the newest tech the company has on offer. Then the actual interior design in the front cabin is pretty much a carbon copy of the Q8, which is generally a good thing. Audi makes knockout interiors, and this one is no exception.
Enabling the Q7 to look more rugged like the Allroad members in the Audi family, the facelifted SUV gets body cladding that runs from the front lip, past the side body panels, over the front and rear wheel arches, and onto the rear bumper where it borders dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Facing that end, one can see the Q7’s new chrome strip connecting the new and thinner taillights.
Everything from Amazon Alexa to Vehicle-to-X (vehicle to infrastructure) compatibility is available, with the latter displaying how many seconds until a red light turns green on the digital gauge cluster and recommending a travel speed so a driver hits only green lights. But if the Q7 is found at a red light, it will take advantage of its range of 48-volt mild-hybrid power plants to take off without using as much fuel.
Audi says the new Q7 will be launching in Europe in mid-September this year. We’ll expect the big SUV to arrive in U.S. dealers not long after that, possibly in time for the holiday season. We don’t expect to see any massive price changes to arrive alongside this update, either. The Q7 with the 2.0-liter turbo starts at $54,545, including the $995 destination charge.