Back when the Audi Q7 Facelift was first revealed, I felt that it actually looked worse on the outside than its pre-facelift predecessor. While I still do feel that way, it’s growing on me. More important than my opinion, though, is the opinion of the customer and North American customers are going to like the new Q7’s glitzy, glamorous look. Which is good because the new Q7 facelift is finally being released on this side of the Atlantic and pricing has just been announced.
As we’ve already seen, the fresh-faced Audi Q7 gets an entirely new front end and some new taillights. The former is drastically changed over the pre-facelift car, with entirely new headlights, a new grille and a new lower front fascia. I still think the pre-facelift car is better looking than this new car but it is growing on me and I think customers are going to like how much flashier it is.
Out back, it gets new LED-strip taillights and a new bit of aluminum trim that spans the rear end. But that’s about it.
Inside, it’s much different than the pre-facelift car. It gets the new dual Touch Response MMI system from the Audi Q8, as well as the updated Virtual Cockpit. So it’s much improved and updated.
Pricing starts at $60,800, which isn’t even $1,000 more than the pre-facelift V6 model. I stress the V6 model because the only engine on offer for the newly facelifted Audi Q7 is the 3.0 liter turbocharged V6. There’s no four-cylinder model anymore, for the time being. That’s probably a good thing, though, as the old four-cylinder model was a bit too underpowered and this new turbocharged V6 is an upgrade over the old supercharged unit.
Premium trim comes in at $63,800 and top-of-the-line Prestige trim costs $71,200.
An additional Black Optic Package adds 21-inch 10-spoke Star-design wheels in bi-color black with all-season tires and black accents on the door blades, grille, roof rails, window surrounds, and front and rear bumpers. The last pre-facelift Q7 we drove had the Black Optic Package and it was well worth the extra money, as it looked awesome.
We’re curious to drive this newly updated Audi Q7, to see if its looks are better in person and how its new interior improves the overall package.