With the current generation of the Audi Q7 having been around since its inauguration back in 2015, the outgoing iteration of the Q7 has begun to show its age. However, the German luxury carmaker has just revealed the upcoming successor. Deemed a mid-cycle facelift, the comprehensive update to one of the brand’s most popular models brings with it not only a visual makeover, but also a technical one. The 2020 Audi Q7 borrows some of the most raved about styling cues and technologies from its sportier Q8 sibling, and mixes it with the added sensibility of a third row of seats.

Compared to its predecessor, Audi has stretched the 2020 Q7’s overall length to 5,063mm (an increase of 11mm). Though there hasn’t been any change to the SUV’s width and height – that remains as it is – which is at 1,970mm and 1,741mm, respectively. According to the carmaker, the new Q7 outdoes its immediate competitors in terms of its interior length as well as headroom and elbow room, both in the front and rear seats. As for the cargo capacity, the five-seater variant of the new Q7 offers between 865 and 2,050 litres, the latter allowing for a completely flat load area.

There is now an all-new, large octagonal front grille (‘Singleframe grille’ in Audi parlance) which features vertical slats instead of horizontal ones, sophisticated new Matrix LED headlamps.

Audi has applied the Q8’s technical inspiration inside the new Q7, too, and it is now bristling with some of the latest in automotive technologies. So, gone is the old MMI control knob and touchpad interface, now replaced by two capacitive touchscreen displays - one used to operate the infotainment and car settings, while the other allows the control of the HVAC system.

Following in the footsteps of the Q8, the styling update made to the new Q7 includes several new and visually exciting changes. There is now an all-new, large octagonal front grille (‘Singleframe grille’ in Audi parlance) which features vertical slats instead of horizontal ones, sophisticated new Matrix LED headlamps, a more sculpted bonnet and tailgate, sportier bumpers with large air vents up front and trapezoidal exhausts and air diffuser at the back. Other visual changes here come in the form of all-around protective body cladding, slim and futuristic-looking LED tail lamps which are now underlined by a prominent strip of chrome.

Audi has applied the Q8’s technical inspiration inside the new Q7, too, and it is now bristling with some of the latest in automotive technologies. So, gone is the old MMI control knob and touchpad interface, now replaced by two capacitive touchscreen displays – one used to operate the infotainment and car settings, while the other allows the control of the HVAC system. The German marque calls this new setup “digital operating concept”, where the high-resolution displays incorporate haptic and acoustic feedback when operated, and creates a serene, uncluttered cockpit layout. In other news, customers can pay extra for optional niceties such as the Audi virtual cockpit, head-up display, customised seats with built-in climate control and massaging functions, ambient lighting package, four-zone automatic air conditioning, air quality package with special fragrances and an ionizer, plus a Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System.

Compared to its predecessor, Audi has stretched the 2020 Q7’s overall length to 5,063mm (an increase of 11mm).

Meanwhile, the 2020 Audi Q7 comes with the versatile and detailed infotainment and multimedia system known as MMI navigation plus. It encompasses several useful and modern connectivity technologies such as traffic information online, navigation with Google Earth, natural voice control, high-speed LTE Advanced, Amazon’s Alexa, and a “Car-to-X” service traffic light information system. This innovative technology uses interconnection with a city’s infrastructure to receive information from the central traffic light computer via a server. The system can then provide suggestions to the driver to maintain a certain speed in order hit each traffic light when it is in its green-light phase.

To further assist the driver and provide additional safety nets, the 2020 Audi Q7 will be equipped with the Adaptive Cruise Assist feature, which ropes in functions such as Adaptive Speed Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Active Lane Assist. To improve the dynamic attributes of the Q7, Audi has fitted it with adaptive air suspension, optional electromechanical active roll stabilisation to reduce body movements, and all-wheel steering to increase agility and stability. The 2020 Q7 will use an 8- speed tiptronic gearbox and Quattro permanent all‑wheel-drive system.

Upon its official global launch in September of this year, the new 2020 Audi Q7 will be available with two diesel engines. This will soon be followed by petrol power and a plug-in hybrid variant as well. All regular models of the Q7 will use mild hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions, using a 48-volt main electrical system and a lithium-ion battery pack.