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Audi Q7 2020 revealed: new styling and interior for brand's biggest SUV

Does the updated Q7 look better than before?

Audi has revealed an updated version of its flagship family SUV, the 2020 Audi Q7, in order to compete better with a slew of newer rivals.

Featuring updated styling, an all-new dashboard and new drivetrains, the mid-life facelift for the Q7 is more comprehensive in its scope than typical mid-life facelifts by the German luxury brand. 

The Q7's new headlights now feature Matrix LED tech. The Q7's new headlights now feature Matrix LED tech.

Using redesigned headlights with newly-available ‘Matrix’ LED lighting, the Q7 is stylistically more in line with the brand’s newer products including the Q8, thanks in part to the adoption of the new Audi corporate grille. The rear has also been refreshed with new tail-lights and a horizontal chrome strip and new wheels from 19-inches in size are available.

Thanks to new styling, the updated Q7 is 11mm longer at 5063mm from nose to tail. Other dimensions, including the 2994mm wheelbase, are unchanged. 

The Q7's interior has been updated with an all-new dashboard taken from the Q8. The pre-updated model’s tablet-like multimedia system has been shelved for a 10.25-inch touchscreen unit with Audi’s latest software. Multi-colour LED ambient lighting also features, as does newly available trims and colouring. Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital dials are standard. 

The Q7's dashboard is all-new with a new layout, screen and materials used. The Q7's dashboard is all-new with a new layout, screen and materials used.

The updated Q7 feature a range of petrol and diesel engines, all with new 48V mild-hybrid tech that boosts both performance and efficiency, according to Audi. A 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel is available in 170kW and 210kW forms, while a 250kW 3.0-litre V6 turbo-petrol will also be available in some markets. Australian drivetrain choices and fuel economy ratings are yet to be announced.  

These will soon be followed by the 320kW/900Nm twin-turbo V8 diesel SQ7, and plug-in hybrid Q7 e-tron. 

As with the just-revealed SQ8 TDI, the Q7 will be available with new active roll stabilisation that reportedly smoothens the ride quality and enhances the car’s cornering ability. All-wheel steering is now optional to increase low-speed agility and both steel and air suspension systems will be available too. 

The rear of the Q7 update features a new horizontal chrome strip. The rear of the Q7 update features a new horizontal chrome strip.

Speaking to CarsGuide, Audi Australia spokesperson Shaun Cleary confirmed that the updated Q7 will launch locally in the first half of 2020 with local pricing and specs to be confirmed before then.

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