The current generation Audi Q7 has just been given its second makeover following its debut some nine years ago, bringing with it a fresh look, trick lighting, new customisation options, and more.
First things first, you’ll notice that the updated model now looks more in tune with the rest of the German carmaker’s line-up thanks to the addition of its modern design language. The bumper now features newly styled vents which boast a different design on the S line and SQ7 variants, while the grille has also been tweaked.
Another big change for the Q7 is the addition of HD Matrix LED headlights that feature 24 LEDs, each with its own laser diode. The laser light technology activates once the vehicle hits 70km/h and promises to significantly increase the high beam range. In addition, Q7 owners can now choose from four different daytime running light signature looks.
The rear lights have also been given a modern makeover as they are being offered as OLED units for the first time. They too feature four distinct digital light signatures like the headlights, but also come with a proximity indicator that sees the tail lamps automatically illuminate when another road user gets within two metres of the Q7’s rear end.
Three new metallic colours are now available, including Sakhir Gold, Ascari Blue, and Chili Red, while five new wheel designs ranging from 20- to 22-inches can be optioned.
The interior has been left untouched for the most part, but customers now have three new decorative inlays to choose from, including Natural Elm Burl Silver, Matte Carbon Twill, and Matte Brushed Aluminum. Apps like Spotify and Amazon Music can also directly connect to the Q7’s infotainment system now too.
A revitalised surroundings display is also included as part of the driver assistance system.
Engine options remain the same, with the 45 TDI opening the range with its 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 that makes 171kW and 500Nm of torque, followed by the more powerful 50 TDI making 210kW/600Nm. A petrol-powered 3.0-litre turbo V6 that produces 250kW/500Nm is also on offer in the 55 TFSI, while all engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that permanently sends drive to all four wheels.
Those wanting an extra edge for a bit more wedge can go for the sportier SQ7 which comes with a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 nestled under the bonnet, an engine that makes a healthy 373kW and 770Nm. When those figures are translated to the road, the SUV can reach 100km/h from a standstill in 4.1 seconds.
The top-of-the-range model sits on 20-inch wheels as standard but a set of 21- and 22-inch units are also available, complementing the 400mm front and 350mm rear brake discs.
Audi New Zealand says the updated Q7 will arrive on our shores in the second quarter of 2024, with pricing and specifications set to be confirmed closer to that date.