Audi Q7 Refresh - the flagship SUV gets a makeover

The long-awaited Audi Q7 refresh is finally here. The interior has been stripped and updated with the latest tech and lavish design.

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The Audi Q7 has been lacking in interior quality in recent years, when compared to the latest iterations of the A1 and A6. However, the SUV has been given a full re-vamp to include the premium-feeling interior of its lesser siblings.

Firstly, the pop-up screen from the centre of the dashboard, that was operated by controls mounted near the gear lever, has been removed. Its replacement is two large touchscreen displays, which use haptic and acoustic feedback when pressing the buttons. The first screen sits proud at the top of the centre console, whilst the second is placed just below and operates the climate control functions.

 

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With the new Q7, navigation comes as standard as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control, and a new edition: Amazon’s Alexa. The top-of-the-range Vorsprung trim adds the Audi Phone Box (Qi wireless charging pad), a head-up display and a range of assistance systems including side assist, lane assist, cross-traffic assist, turn assist and traffic sign recognition.

Outside, the exterior boasts a few small changes, but the silhouette remains undoubtedly Q7. The front features a new grill design and new a headlight shape to keep it in line with Audi’s recent design language, and round the back a new taillight design is accented by a strong, chrome-finished line. There are new wheel designs too, available in 20-22” sizes depending on the trim level.

 

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All the engines will have an automatic transmission and will be paired to a permanent all-wheel drive system. From launch, the Q7 will get two diesel engines, to be followed later by a petrol unit – these engines will feature mild hybrid technology as standard. Audi also plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid variant further down the line, which will decrease fuel-consumption and emissions.

Order books open in September 2019, for deliveries to take place from October.