Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - June 27, 2019

Model Preview

Though it just went through a full redesign in 2016, 2020 Audi Q7 appears to be the newest victim of shortening production cycles, as it will receive a significant refresh. The new-look 2020 Audi Q7 will not go through any dramatic transformations, but it will boast a noticeably different appearance and updated tech.

The 2020 Audi Q7’s body will feature the same basic design as the current model, but its front and rear ends will receive updates to keep it fresh and it’ll grow by 0.4 inches in length. Up front, the 2020 Audi Q7 will get new Matrix headlights, an updated grille insert with more prominent vertical bars, and a reworked bumper with larger air inlets. Around back, the 2020 Q7 will gain thinner taillights with more technical-looking graphics, a new chrome connector between the taillights, and a more flush rear bumper.

Inside, the 2020 Q7 will take on an all-new look. The dash will continue to feature near full-width air vents to visually widen the dash, but it will also get tons of new items, including two touchscreens, a gloss-black dash insert, a shorter shifter, a flat-bottom steering wheel and much more. On the tech side, it will boast optional four-zone climate control, power-close doors, a digital instrument cluster, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, and an air ionizer and fragrance.

There is no official word on the U.S. engine lineup for the 2020 Audi Q7, but we will certainly not see the two diesel engines that’ll be available at launch in Europe. Audi says there will be a standard gasoline powerplant, which we expect to be a version of the existing 252-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. Audi also alludes to a 48-volt mild-hybrid powerplant aimed at reducing fuel consumption. More information on the 2020 Q7’s powertrain will come closer to its on-sale date.

2020 Audi Q7

To help in the handling department, Audi will add a few chassis tweaks to the list of updates to the 2020 Q7. these updates will start with electromechanical active roll stabilization that helps reduce body movement in corners and on uneven roads. It will also receive all-wheel steering that allows the rear wheels to turn by 5 degrees at low speeds.

The current Audi Q7 received high marks in crash safety from the IIHS due to its strong structure and standard automatic emergency braking. Despite these great ratings, it missed being a Top Safety Pick due to “Marginal” headlight scores. We have to wait on testing to see if the 2020 Q7 will improve upon the headlight situation and earn Top Safety Pick status.

Audi announced the 2020 Q7 will add Adaptive Cruise Assist that handles stop-and-go traffic on cruise and keeping you in your lane. If the all-new Emergency Assist notices if the driver is inactive, it will stop the vehicle and initiate emergency protocols and rescue measures.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no hard-set release date in the U.S. for the 2020 Audi Q7. It will hit European showrooms in mid-September 2019, so we could see it by late-2019. Stay tuned for updates.

Pricing also remains unconfirmed for the U.S., but with significant updates to it, the 2020 Audi Q7 could see its prices rise compared to the current model, which ranges from $54,545 to $63,245 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Audi Q7 will compete with the BMW X5, INFINITI QX60, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.

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