Audi has revealed its new 2020 Q7 that comes with a number of visual changes you can actually spot on its exterior. The German automaker’s biggest SUV is now a bit longer by 0.4 inch. In addition, the lower section of the vehicle’s front fascia gains wider side openings. No longer seen is the chrome horizontal bars on the grille, which has been replaced by vertical slats. The headlights also get new design complemented with the repatterned LED daytime running lights.
The new dark-grey aura radiated by its bumpers, lower sills, and parts of the wheel arches makes the 2020 Q7 look tougher. On the back, Audi added a chrome strip linking the revamped taillights that have a similar pattern to that of the headlights’ LED daytime running light. Unfortunately, the car offers not only what many people want, but also what they don’t; like fake exhaust tips for instance, somehow Audi thinks they’re a must have feature in the 2020 Q7. The new SUV also offers a single-tone color scheme on the S Line variants.
On the inside, the car has Audi’s latest interior design which is a combination of beauty and minimalism. The most recent version of the MMI infotainment system features a pair of big touchscreens, replacing the old pop up screen. To enhance comfort in long journeys, an adaptive cruise assist system has been added to the new Q7, allowing it to keep adaptive cruise control on even in traffic. Safety is also improved thanks to an emergency assist system that slows the car to a stop in case it detects that the driver is unresponsive; the system will also give an emergency warning to those around in the process.
Powertrain options include the identical 48-volt mild hybrid system used in the Audi A6, A7, and A8 saloons. A belt-driven starter generator will help the 2020 Q7 convert most of the braking energy into electrical power that will then be used to charge the battery. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version of the Q7. The entry-level 2.0-liter turbo-four engine is expected to stay in North America. As for the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 unit, it will likely be dropped in favor of a new option combining the same type of engine with the aforementioned 48-volt mild hybrid system. All Q7 variants will have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The SUV’s suspension has also been updated and you can opt to get the active roll stabilization, which detects bad road conditions and adjust the anti-roll bars accordingly to reduce body motions. All-wheel steering is also available as an optional feature; it will enable the vehicle’s rear wheels to steer up to five degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels for improved stability. The S Line variant is equipped with a specifically-tuned air suspension that lowers the ride height by 0.6-inch. Lastly, the 2020 Audi Q7 is priced from $54,545, including the $995 delivery fee.