SPIED: Audi Q7 facelift caught with new headlights

We drove the Audi Q7 3.0T a few months ago and came away incredibly impressed with how modern it still felt. It’s not that the current-generation Q7 is old but a lot of its competitors are newer, so we assumed it would feel old by comparison. Instead, it felt as modern as the rest of them and every bit as competitive. Still, it could use an update, to keep it fresh as more competitors debut. In these new spy photos, we get to see the upcoming facelifted Audi Q7 wearing some camouflage. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)

The big difference between this updated car and the current one has to be at the front. New headlights adorn the face of this new Audi Q7 and the look better, more in keeping with the rest of the brand’s more modern lineup. Rather than just the plain rectangular headlights of the pre-facelift Q7, this new one gets lights similar to that of the new Audi Q3 and the look much better.

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It also seems to get a more aggressive Singleframe grille, which is sharper and wider. It makes the Q7 seem sportier and less luxurious, which is sort of in keeping with its newer SUVs, such as the Audi Q8.

Out back, it seems to have the same taillights as before but, unfortunately, it seems to have fake exhausts now. The Q7 was really the last SUV standing in Audi’s lineup to sport real exhausts. This newly refreshed model seems to ditch them for fake plastic jobs and it looks much worse. We really hope Audi reverses this trend because it’s not a good look.

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We’re hoping the facelifted Audi Q7 also gets some of the brand’s new interior bits. For instance, we hope it gets the new MMI Touch Response system to replace the aging old-school MMI system. We doubt it will get the dual touchscreen setup that’s found in the new Q8 but we can see it getting the new touchscreen MMI. Also, it should get the latest Virtual Cockpit setup.

In these spy photos, we can also see that it sports new front sensors in the grille, so the Q7 could get some of Audi’s new autonomous driver aids and active safety features.

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We’re excited to see what becomes of the newly facelifted Q7, as it’s already a car we like a lot, so a few new tweaks could really make it awesome.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.