Harry Leahey

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Audi has refreshed its Q7 SUV, a seven-seater model, with a series of updates in design and technology. 


The starting price for the revamped Q7 is set to start at £66,605, with sales beginning in March.


The key upgrades are focused on the SUV's external appearance, notably with revamped front and rear bumpers. The front lights now offer an option for HD Matrix LED technology, inclusive of Laser high-beams and distinctive lighting patterns. Similarly, the OLED tail lights have also been redesigned, and a broader palette of new exterior colours and finishes are now available. 


While the interior layout mirrors the existing model , it now includes fresh options for trim, leather, and stitching. The digital interfaces have been updated, but the configuration of the two haptic touchscreens on the dashboard and the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display remains unchanged.

For the first time for the q7, Audi has also announced an expansion of its infotainment offerings, including for the first time the integration of popular third-party apps such as Spotify and Amazon Music. This move is part of Audi's ongoing effort to enhance user experience through regular software updates, thereby allowing for greater customisation of the infotainment system. 


Moreover, Audi has made significant improvements to its driver assistance systems. Notably, the Audi virtual cockpit has been upgraded to offer a more comprehensive suite of safety features. These include a lane change warning, visualisations of surrounding road users (including trucks, cars, and motorcycles), a distance warning, intersection assist, and traffic light information, all displayed in full HD quality. 


Under the hood, Audi presents four engine options: two 3.0-liter V6 diesels producing 227bhp or 282bhp, a 334bhp petrol V6, and a flagship 500bhp twin-turbocharged petrol V8 in the SQ7 model.


These engines incorporate a 48V mild-hybrid system, enhancing efficiency in traffic and at lower speeds. 


The new Q7's fuel efficiency figures are slightly lower than the outgoing model, with the diesel versions showing a slight decrease to 32-33 mpg from the previous Q7's 36 mpg. 


Meanwhile, the petrol engines offer around 25 mpg for the V6 and 22 mpg for the V8.


In terms of space, all seats in the rear two rows are individually adjustable, offering ample space, and boot capacity is said to stand at 780 litres when the third row is folded down.


This facelift is the second update to arrive for this current-gen Q7, aiming to keep it competitive against rivals such as the BMW X7 and Volvo’s all-electric EX90.

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Harry Leahey 01/02/24