The current generation of Audi’s three-row crossover has been around for a quite long time. It is among older models in the segment but the company from Ingolstadt doesn’t plan to replace it so soon. Moreover, the current model is about to remain in production for a couple more years, reports say. This makes perfect sense, considering the 2020 facelift, which has brought a lot of significant novelties in terms of styling and interior design. Therefore, the best we could see in the 2022 Audi Q7 are additions in terms of new colors, new features etc.
All in all, you may count on a refined mid-size SUV, which offers great ride quality and great interior design. Typically for Audi models, the amount of tech features is impressive, while we also like the wide range of engine options in the offer. When it comes to things we don’t like, the third row is a little bit tight, while the cargo area could be bigger too.
Considering that no significant changes are expected for the next year, we expect to see the 2022 Audi Q7 sometime late in the year.
2022 Audi Q7 Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, the 2022 Audi Q7 definitely won’t change. You may count on the same overall layout, which hasn’t been drastically changed since 2015. It rides on a well-known MLB platform, sharing its parts with Touareg, Cayenne, Bentayga etc. This particular model is rather oriented to comfort, so it’s no wonder that air suspension is a part of standard equipment. It has a great impact on the ride quality, which is probably the best thing about this crossover.
In terms of aesthetics, the 2020 update has brought a lot of novelties so the current generation still looks fresh. These novelties were in terms of the new grille, bumpers, side skirts etc., all inspired by the coupe counterpart, the Q8. This particularly refers to the front end.
Once again, it is hard to expect any bigger change. Simply, the current cabin already looks impressive. It is elegant and definitely not overstyled like the one in GLE, for example. Besides the mature and relatively conventional look, we also like the combination of nice materials and excellent build precision. Finally, all those tech goodies make the cabin look even more opulent.
When it comes to comfort and practicality, the first two rows are excellent. There is plenty of room for adults, while seats are very comfortable. The driver’s position is good, as well as the visibility. On the other side, the biggest complaint goes to the third row, which can accommodate kids only. Things in the cargo area aren’t much better. You may count on about 14.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 69.6 cubic feet of the total volume. Those are below-average numbers for the class.
This aspect may bring a couple of novelties, but we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. The current model is already equipped pretty well. The list of standard tech goodies includes things like a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, an 8.6-inch lower touch screen, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, tri-zone climate control etc. When it comes to options, you can get quad-zone climate control, a 19-speaker surround-sound stereo, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and wireless device charging, and we presume some of these could become standard in the next year’s model.
When it comes to safety features, the current model comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, Pre Sense Basic, Front, and Rear etc. Additionally, you can get a surround-view parking camera system, a night-vision camera, intersection assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. Some shuffling in this aspect is possible too.
2022 Audi Q7 Engines
This aspect of the 2022 Audi Q7 definitely won’t bring changes, so you may count on familiar powertrain options in the offer. Base models will carry on with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. A 3.0-liter V8 is the next in the line, with a max output of 335 horsepower. Of course, you can get the version with a familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 too. This one puts out around 500 horsepower and needs less than 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. All engines come paired with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Audi Q7 Release Date and Price
Since there are no bigger changes to come, we expect to see the 2022 Audi Q7 sometime late in the year. The price should also remain the same, which would mean around 56.000 dollars for base versions. Of course, key competitors are BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.