By SEMA Editors
All new for the 2019 model year, the Q8 is the flagship of the utility vehicle lineup. But Audi hasn’t forgotten about the Q7, which will roll out the mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year. Because both ride on the MLB Evo vehicle architecture, the full-size SUV will adopt the dual-screen setup from the Q8.
The Q7 adopts the crossover utility vehicle’s headlamps and bumper design. It appears this prototype is equipped with HD Matrix light-emitting diodes, which are optional in the case of the Q8.
Just like the outgoing model, the facelift comes with seating for seven and a varied choice of engine options. The 2.0 TFSI kicks-off the range with four cylinders, then come the 3.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI with or without ultra-technology. Then there’s the SQ7 TDI with the 4.0L twin-turbo V8 turbo diesel.
The Q7 e-tron should soldier on with minimal changes, and chances are Audi might treat us to the RS Q7 because the Q8 will receive the RS treatment as well, using the plug-in hybrid setup from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which has been proved to 670 horsepower and 625 ft.-lbs. of torque in the sports sedan.