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Audi Q7 gets tweaked for 2024

The second generation’s final upgrades before an all-new model, perhaps?

Will this be the last update this generation of the Q7 will see? PHOTO FROM AUDI

The second-generation Audi Q7 was launched in 2015, reaching our shores the year after, and received its first update in 2020.

Four years on—and while the current model is long in the tooth—Audi gave it one more tweak (perhaps its final update before sending it off).

Audi's light designs always look great. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

New for the 2024 model year are high-definition LED matrix headlights with laser lights for the high beams, and OLED taillamps, both with updated graphics to tie them into the current generation of Audis. The daytime running lights have also been repositioned higher to give it better visibility.

The front radiator grill is bolder and more prominent with larger honeycomb inserts. A pair of aggressive-looking side intakes flank it.

Three new exterior colors allow customers to further personalize their Q7. For a particularly sporty appearance, the range of metallic finishes now includes Sakhir Gold, Ascari Blue, and Chili Red.

Lastly, there are a plethora of new wheel designs, going all the way to massive 22-inch diameter in size from the basic 19 inches. Depending on the variant, specific accents can be found both in the interior and the exterior.

All the updates are now pretty much software-based. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

Inside, the Q7 remains largely unchanged, although there are some new trim options available to highlight the roomy cabin.

Natural Elm Burl Silver for the base model, Matte Carbon Twill, and Matte Brushed Aluminum with linear embossing in silver for the Q7 with the S Line sport package, as well as the SQ7.

Audi also updated the infotainment with the latest software. It now supports apps like Spotify, Amazon Music, and the usual Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. The Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display has been improved, and now displays more information like intelligent driver aids and special points of interest.

No EV powertrain yet, but the choices are all electrified. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

There are four powertrains available: two 3.0-liter diesel in-line-sixes (TDI) with 230hp/500Nm and 282hp/600Nm, respectively.

Two gasoline engines—another 3.0-liter in-line-six cylinder (TFSI) with 335hp/500Nm, and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the top-variant SQ7 producing a solid 500hp and 770Nm.

This engine also powers the Lamborghini Urus, the Porsche Panamera Turbo, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo/Turbo GT, and the Audi RS Q8.

The fire-breathing SQ7 does come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

All powertrains come equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system to give better efficiency and improve coasting ability. Torque is transferred to all four wheels thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Quattro all-wheel drive for sure-footed stability and performance.

While Audi continues to electrify its model lineup, it’s good that we still have traditional ICE-powered vehicles to choose from (if we aren’t just ready yet to make that jump to electrification). Audi Philippines has yet to confirm when the updated Q7 will hit our shores.

Botchi Santos

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