After the latest facelift, Q7 will be a carryover in 2020. However, new 2021 Audi Q7 will get a lot of improvements. The U.S. variant will get special SQ7 high-performance model. A hybrid model is still a speculation.
However, Q7 Hybrid is probable, due to BMW’s and Mercedes’ latest electrifications. The full-size SUV will also get an interior overhaul. Audi plans to deliver interior similar to the cabin of the all-new and larger Q8 SUV. As for the performances, you can expect both gasoline and diesel engines.
Audi Q7 Spy Shots
The prototype revealed that the 2021 Audi Q7 will get minor exterior upgrades. The German manufacturer will deliver the usual modifications as a part of mid-cycle refreshments. The spy photos are clearly showing changes in the headlights.
The exterior looks aggressive, more than the current version. Speaking of aggressiveness, front fascia looks mean and the side profile adds more muscles. However, Audi won’t introduce any more changes. The rear part will remain, just like the list of exterior features.
The upcoming 2021 Audi Q7 will get a complete interior overhaul. The new interior will get numerous changes. The dashboard is brand-new and it features a more advanced and modern design. Whatsoever, dashboard is almost the same as in the new Q8 model.
The digital instrument cluster is still present but the center stack will now host two displays. These units are responsible for basically every function inside the cabin. On top of that, voice activation is available too. The rest of the interior will remain. Still, you can count on the updates for the infotainment system and more driver-assistance.
We are still not sure about the hybrid drivetrain. The 2021 Audi Q7 could feature a plug-in hybrid output and in the near future the latest e-Tron variant. One thing is certain, however, and it is an SQ7 version. This sporty model will ride on a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that will return 450 horsepower.
On the other hand, regular Q7 in the U.S. will offer a 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers 252 hp. Furthermore, a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is optional and it will generate 333 horses. The maximum towing capacity for this full-size SUV is rated at 7,700 pounds.
In Europe, the forthcoming 2021 Audi Q7 will get a 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter diesel engines. A 3.0-liter TDI will get additional 13 ponies which totals 228 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, the same type of engine, but larger, delivers 282 hp.
As for the SQ7, this sporty version is already available in Europe. For 2021, Audi SQ7 will ride on a powerful V8 that cranks out 430 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque. It is the fastest Audi’s model and it needs less than five seconds to reach from 0 to 60 mph.
2021 Audi Q7 Price and Release Date
The base trim level of the all-new 2021 Audi Q7 will cost around $55,000. A high-performance SQ7 variant will surely start at over $70,000. We are still waiting for Audi to confirm a hybrid version. The upcoming full-size SUV will go on sale in the last quarter of 2020.