Q7 now looks more familiar to Audi’s other SUVs and crossovers now.
Audi has revealed an updated version of its second-generation Q7 large luxury SUV. The Q7 has grown by 11 mm and the upgrades include improved styling details, additional infotainment functionality and some impressive mechanical changes.
The most striking aspect of this new Q7 is its octagonal grille, first seen on the new Q3, and characterised by six defined vertical slats. Framing the new grille design are high definition matrix LEDs, embedded with Audi’s laser lights.
Around the back, there is a chromed styling strip which connects the slimmer LED taillights. This metal insert is supposed to lessen the appearance of tailgate bulkiness.
Inside the Q7 gains Audi’s latest stacked touchscreen configuration, while its doors feature self-closing functionality. An orchestral quality Bang & Olufsen sound system is available and there optional massaging seats, which also feature heating and cooling functions.
Audi is offering the option of five or seven-seat layouts for the new Q7, with luggage capacity varying between 856- and 2 050-litres for the five-seater version.
Powering the new Q7 will be a range of three engines, two turbodiesels and a turbopetrol. All three of these are 3-litres in capacity and feature a V6 cylinder arrangement. Audi has not confirmed outputs, but these engines will benefit from the company’s 48-volt mild hybridization technology and are sure to be similar to powertrains to those available in Q8.
What are the new mechanical features available on Q7? As it shares a platform with Bentley’s Bentayga, the MLB architecture has allowed Audi to introduce electromechanical roll stabilisation. Electric motors now influence Q7’s anti-roll bar to make it much more active than a conventional fixed mechanical set-up, and they can react in as little as 0.06 seconds during high-speed cornering, an emergency avoidance steering action or heavy braking.
Making the Q7 easier to park and less of a chore to drive in cramped or congested road conditions is an optional four-wheel steering system. Audi has calibrated this system to turn the rear wheels in a five-degree opposing orientation to the front axle steering input, thereby creating a virtually shorter wheelbase and tighter turning circle. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn slightly in unison with the fronts, to improve agility and steering responsiveness.
Audi is scheduled to start introducing its upgraded Q7 to right-hand drive markets during the last quarter of this year.