Nine years is generally the time in the career of a vehicle when the handover takes place with a new, more accomplished generation. But not for the Audi Q7, which is receiving a second restyling after being updated for the first time in 2019. Launched in 2015, the SUV must extend its career without major costs while awaiting the arrival of an electric equivalent which will eventually replace.
Thus, the update of the Audi Q7 is rather minimal aesthetically, as we suspected during the discovery of the camouflaged prototypes at the beginning of 2023. The developments focus on the front part, with a new shield integrating more air intakes. voluminous and vertical, and with a honeycomb pattern. The more imposing grille is marked with chrome Ls on the sporty S line finishes and the SQ7, or with teardrop inserts on the base model. The grille now extends upwards to the hood and the headlights… as was already the case between 2015 and 2019! A return to basics then. The headlights do not seem to change in their design but on closer inspection, they are redesigned to better integrate the junction with the grille. The optics retain their small notch, while the LED light signature is now at the top.
New OLED light signature
At the front, the headlights are matrix as standard and can be combined with laser beams as an option. The laser light (visible by its blue signature at the heart of the headlight) becomes active from 70 km/h and considerably increases the range of the high beam. Audi specifies that the light signature is scalable thanks to digital daytime running lights. This allows the driver to choose their preferred signature for further personalization. Ditto at the rear where the Q7 and SQ7 have OLED technology for the lights. The digital OLED rear lights allow you to change the visual signature according to your desires with four predefined choices. In addition, as on the A8, Q5 and Q8, the OLED lights can intensify when a car approaches to better indicate that the vehicle is stationary, generate different sequences for the scrolling indicators or even the sequence of opening and closing the vehicle.
Audi also announces the arrival of four new rims and several new body colors (Sakhir Gold, Chili Red, Waitomo Blue, Ascari Blue). The SQ7 can receive a Black or Black Plus aesthetic pack (outline of the grille and windows, front and rear bumper inserts) to increase the contrast. On board, however, it is the status quo. The dashboard is unchanged, with its two screens one above the other and its horizontal inserts topped with vents across the entire width. Audi only specifies that it has revised the infotainment with access to third-party applications (Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.) and the display of digital meters to better integrate all vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) through the various assistance systems. conduct.
The restyled Audi Q7 is equipped with air suspension as standard on all versions, and can receive rear wheel steering (up to 5°, standard on SQ7 or optional on other versions) to improve its maneuverability.
No developments are expected under the hood. Audi is talking about a 50 TDI version with 286 hp and 600 Nm, reaching 100 km/h in 6.1 s and displaying a maximum speed of 241 km/h. This version is priced in France from €89,500, to which a significant penalty must be added: €60,000, since CO2 emissions are set at more than 209 g/km. Ditto for the SQ7 (switched to gasoline since 2020 after starting its career in diesel), with a 4.0 TFSI V8 with 507 hp and 770 Nm of torque. It reaches 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and its maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. For the moment, Audi does not yet communicate CO2 emissions, which are currently being approved. But we have no doubt that they will far exceed the maximum penalty threshold, now set at €60,000 from 194 g/km. A painful tax to add to the €130,500 required for the SQ7 with us.
Fortunately, plug-in hybrid variants 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e are expected during the first quarter of 2024. This will allow the SUV to avoid the penalty thanks to reduced emissions. For several months now, the SUV has disappeared from the catalog and is only available in stock.
Photos : DR.
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To sum up
As the Audi Q7 reaches the age where a model is generally replaced by the next generation, the SUV is receiving a second restyling in order to extend its career. The update is, as is often the case with the Germans, rather light aesthetically.
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