The Audi Q7 facelift comes in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Technology, and is powered by a single V6 petrol engine.
Audi reintroduced the Q7 in India today with the launch of the facelifted SUV. The updated Q7 has an introductory price of Rs 79.99 lakh for the base Premium Plus and Rs 88.33 lakh for the Technology variant, both ex-showroom, India.
The Q7 is back after a nearly two-year hiatus, having been discontinued in the run-up to the April 2020 BS6 emission standards. The facelifted Audi Q7 gets a new look on the outside, a completely redesigned interior, and, most importantly, becomes a petrol-only SUV.
- Audi Q7 facelift gets a sole 340hp, 3.0-litre V6 turbo-petrol engine
- Q7 is assembled in India via CKD kits
- Rivals the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90
What’s new on the outside of the Audi Q7 in 2022?
In June 2019, the facelifted Q7 made its global debut. While the facelifted Q7 retains the estate-like appearance of its predecessor, it is more modern and in line with newer Audi SUVs. It has a larger, octagonal single-frame grille up front, flanked by new-look Matrix LED headlamps and daytime running lamps.
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The taillights have also been updated, and there’s a chrome strip that runs the length of the hatch. The exterior changes include a reworked front bumper with larger side air intakes and sharper creases, as well as a reworked rear bumper. The overall length has increased by 11mm to 5,063mm. Carrara White, Mythos Black, Navarra Blue, Samurai Grey, and Floret Silver are the five colour options available for the new Q7.
Facelifted Audi Q7 interior and features for 2022
On the inside, the facelifted Q7 gets an even more extensive makeover. Audi’s new twin-touchscreen MMI infotainment system, similar to the larger Audi Q8, replaces the single, free-standing screen from the pre-facelift model. The interior has two colour schemes: Saiga Beige and Okapi Brown.
A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system is now located on the top half of the dashboard, with an 8.6-inch touchscreen for climate control located in the central console. The Q7 retains Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster, though it has been upgraded to the second-generation version. It feels like a modern Audi, with gloss black dashboard trim and plenty of chrome and brushed aluminium. The Q7 retains its seven-seat configuration, giving it an advantage over its competitors.
A panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, adjustable ambient lighting, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, powered front seats with memory function, electrically foldable third row seats, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are all standard on the Q7. Audi also offers a rear seat entertainment package as an option on its accessories list. The Q7 comes with eight airbags, ESC, and Park Assist Plus with 360-degree 3D surround camera, among other electronic aids, as well as lane-keeping assist with steering intervention.
The pre-facelift model had a major flaw in that the spare tyre was secured to one of the third-row seats, rendering it useless. Audi has solved this problem by adopting run-flat tyres, which eliminate the need for a spare.
Audi Q7 facelift 2022: engine and gearbox details
The Q7 facelift gets a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with 340hp and 500Nm, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and driving all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro AWD system. When coasting, the engine has a 48V mild-hybrid system that allows it to be turned off for up to 40 seconds. In India, this engine is also available on the Q8 and A8. Audi claims a sprint time of 5.9 seconds from zero to 100 kilometres per hour, with a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour.
The pre-facelift model’s 249hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine (45 TDI) and 252hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine (40 TFSI) are no longer available. The facelifted Q7, like its predecessor, is equipped with adaptive air suspension as standard equipment. It also comes with Audi Drive Select, which offers seven different driving modes.
Audi Q7 facelift 2022: competitors
The updated Q7 will compete against Mercedes-GLE, Benz’s BMW’s X5, and Volvo’s XC90. It’s worth noting that only the Volvo XC90 is available in a seven-seater configuration, while the other two SUVs are only available in five-seater configurations.