2022 Audi Q7 To Launch In India On February 3
Audi India has confirmed that the Q7 facelift will be released on February 3. The Audi Q7 has been absent from the German automaker’s India portfolio since it was phased out with the implementation of BS6 emission standards in April 2020. The Q7 will now make a comeback with updated exterior and interior styling, a slew of new features, and in a petrol-only configuration. In India, the Q7 will be available in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Technology.
The Q7 received a mid-life update in June 2019, bringing the exterior and interior design more in line with newer Audi SUVs. While the pre-facelift model’s estate-like appearance hasn’t changed much, the updates on the new Q7 give it a lot more character and aggression.
The 2022 Audi Q7 features a larger, octagonal single-frame grille in the front, flanked by sleeker LED headlamps with new LED DRL signatures. It also gets a more aggressively styled bumper with large air dams on either side and beefier cladding. The rear of the Q7 gets a chrome strip that runs between newly designed taillights, giving the SUV a wider appearance. It also receives a new rear bumper. The new Q7 is outfitted with 19-inch silver alloy wheels.
The interior of the Q7 has received more extensive updates. The dashboard has been completely redesigned, and it now features Audi’s twin-touchscreen MMI infotainment system, which is also found in the larger Audi Q8. It replaces the pre-facelift model’s single, free-standing screen.
The infotainment system includes a 10.1-inch main screen and a smaller 8.6-inch screen for climate controls. It also includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which serves as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. Surprisingly, the Q7 was the first model to use the Virtual Cockpit system, and it has now progressed to the second-generation screen. With far fewer buttons, the cabin exudes minimalism while also appearing extremely technological. It’s also accented with piano black and brushed aluminum.
A panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, four-zone climate control, adjustable ambient lighting, powered front seats, virtual cockpit digital dials, and dual touchscreens with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are among the features on the updated Q7. Audi’s accessories list even includes a rear-seat entertainment package as an optional extra. The Q7 will remain available with seven seats.
The 2022 Audi Q7 will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine with 340hp and 500Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and drives all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro AWD system. In India, this engine is also available on the Q8 and A8.
The new petrol V6 engines essentially replace the pre-facelift model’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. In India, the pre-facelift Q7 was also available with a 252hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, but that is no longer available with the new Q7.
It’s worth noting that the current generation of the Q7 has been on the market since 2015, making it one of Audi’s oldest models in India alongside the current A4.
When it is released, the 2022 Audi Q7 will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, and Volvo XC90. The Q7, as a true seven-seater SUV, will have an advantage over the Mercedes GLE and BMW X5, both of which are only five-seaters.