Well, it didn’t take too long. Just days after Audi was caught testing an updated Q7 prototype, the luxury SUV has now been given a speculative render. Adjacent digital design exercise from Kolesa an attempt to shed camouflage and show how the luxobarge will be revised. Keep in mind that this will be the model’s second facelift, following the important revisions introduced in 2019. This time, the changes are not too significant.
As seen in the spy shots, the 2024 Q7 gets new LED graphics for the front and rear lights. The design team from Ingolstadt also modified the grille and air intakes in the front bumper. Even though the prototype sports camouflage on the rear bumper and tailgate, the potential for any changes should be minimal. Unlike BMW’s arch-rivals, Audi doesn’t take any risks with its design, which is why we expect a second facelift to play it safe.
This should be the last update for the Q7 equipped with a combustion engine. Audi has announced that it will launch only pure electric vehicles starting in 2026. Logically, the revised luxury SUV will be introduced before the end of this year with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains and remain on sale through the middle of the 2018 decade. These will eventually be replaced by EVs, with the German luxury brand aiming to abandon sales of ICE-powered vehicles by 2033.
Audi has offered some interesting engines for the Q7 over the years, with the V12 TDI being the craziest of them all. The twin-turbo 6.0-liter monster that was available during the first generation of the model had an astounding 1,000 Newton-meters (738 pound-feet) of torque in 2006. With the proliferation of electric SUVs featuring large amounts of instant torque, this diesel monster is now obsolete.
The Q7 has always been offered with many engines and the current model is no exception. Depending on the market, it can be had with anything from a small four-cylinder petrol mill to a muscular V8 for the SQ7. The latter is temporarily offered with a V8 diesel engine in Europe, while a plug-in hybrid powertrain is also included.
This upcoming facelift will feature a cleaner combustion engine and we wouldn’t be surprised if the PHEV will get a further electric range.