Audi has re-introduced the Q7 in India with the release of the facelifted SUV today. The latest update Q7’s beginning prices will start at Rs 79.99 lakh for the base Premium Plus variant and go up to Rs 88.33 lakh for the Technology variant, both prices ex-showroom, India.
The Q7 has returned after a nearly two-year hiatus, having been discontinued in the run-up to BS6 emission standards in April 2020. The facelifted Audi Q7 receives an exterior makeover, a completely redesigned interior, and, most importantly, becomes a petrol-only SUV.
Audi Q7 Exterior
In June 2019, the Q7 made its global premiere. While it retains the estate-like appearance of its predecessor, the facelifted Q7 seems more modern and in line with recent Audi SUVs. In terms of appearance, the 2018 Audi Q7 facelift differs significantly from the pre-facelift model. Instead of a refined business class appeal, the new model has a more manly and outdoorsy demeanor. The big grille with large chrome slats adds a strong aspect to the face. It is accompanied by standard full LED headlights, with buyers additionally having the option of HD Matrix LED technology with Audi laser light. Larger intakes, new alloy wheels, slimmer LED taillights, and sharper bumpers are also added to the SUV. The new Q7 is available in five color options to choose from – Carrara White, Mythos Black, Navarra Blue, Samurai Grey, and Floret Silver.
Audi Q7 facelift gets a sole 340hp, 3.0-litre V6 turbo-petrol engine.
The Audi Q7 facelift is offered in 2 trims – Premium Plus and Technology.
It gets bolder looks, updated cabin, more features and BS6 petrol engine.
Audi Q7 Interior
The interior includes two color schemes: Saiga Beige and Okapi Brown. The dashboard now has a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the upper half, as well as an 8.6-inch touchscreen for temperature control in the central console. Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster is still available on the Q7, although it has been updated to the second-generation version. The dashboard’s gloss black detailing, as well as lots of chrome and brushed aluminum, give it the sense of a modern Audi. The Q7 retains its seven-seat arrangement, providing it an advantage over its competitors.
The Q7 has a panoramic sunroof, four-zone temperature control, adjustable ambient lighting, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, powered front seats with memory function, electrically folding third-row seats, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features. Buyers may also select a back seat entertainment kit from the Audi accessory catalog. In terms of safety features, the Q7 comes standard with eight airbags, ESC, and Park Assist Plus with 360-degree 3D surround camera, among other electronic assistance, as well as lane-keep assist with steering intervention.
Engine & Gearbox
The 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol engine, which produces 335 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque and is paired to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox and the Quattro AWD system as standard, powers the Q7 facelift. The Q7 will include a mild-hybrid powertrain, similar to the new Q5, with a 48-volt electric motor powered by a Lithium-Ion battery and a belt alternator starter (BAS).
The new Audi Q7 will compete in our market against the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, Volvo XC90, and Land Rover Discovery.