Audi’s three-row SUV has been around for a pretty long time. It hasn’t been redesigned since 2016 but that doesn’t mean it’s not competitive in the segment of mid-size SUVs. It still has a lot of great things to offer and that’s the main reason why the company isn’t rushing with updates. From what we know so far, the current generation is planned to remain in production for a few more years, which clearly indicates that the 2023 Audi Q7 will come without more important changes. Still, we shouldn’t exclude the possibility of seeing minor updates like new standard features and new color options.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same and the next year’s Q7 will continue to deliver familiar design characteristics. This SUV offers a smooth ride in a combination with composed handling, while we also like its excellent interior quality. The list of standard and available equipment is also pretty impressive, while the powertrain lineup includes a couple of pretty capable engine options.
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Audi Q7 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022.
2023 Audi Q7 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Audi Q7 will be a typical carryover model. We don’t expect to see any notable change, while the overall layout will certainly remain the same. The current model has been around since 2016, but it received a facelift a few years ago. For that occasion, it received new styling, with the new front-end design and a couple more revisions in other areas. Logically, that shouldn’t change in the next year.
Mechanically, the Q7 is built around the well-known MLB platform, the same one that underpins Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg etc. One of the best things about this SUV is its suspension setup. The adaptive air suspension is standard, which is the main reason why this SUV offers such a balanced ride, which is comfortable and athletic at the same time.
This is definitely one of the strongest points of this SUV. The 2023 Audi Q7 interior will continue in the same way, of course, with pretty impressive interior quality. The build quality is excellent, while the materials are pretty impressive as well. Also, we like how Audi combines conservative dashboard design with lots of tech features. Such a combination makes this cabin look very upscale.
Besides an attractive look and great build quality, this cabin also offers a decent level of functionality. We are talking about a mid-size, three-row crossover, which accommodates up to seven passengers. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the second row also accommodates adults with ease. On the other hand, the third row is pretty tight and works for kids only.
The cargo volume isn’t impressive either. You may count on 14.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second, and 69.6 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Those are subpar numbers for the class.
We don’t expect bigger changes in this aspect either. Most of the things will remain the same as in the current model, which comes standard with goodies like a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, an 8.6-inch lower touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, navigation, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, 10-speaker stereo, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Among options, you can find goodies like quad-zone climate control, wireless device charging, a 19-speaker Bose stereo, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
2023 Audi Q7 Engines
The 2023 Audi Q7 will continue with the same engine lineup. So, the offer will start with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 248 horsepower. With this engine, the Q7 isn’t particularly fast, but it gets the job done. Unfortunately, the engine isn’t particularly efficient, as the fuel economy goes around 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is subpar for the segment.
The optional 3.0-liter V6 feels like the most balanced choice. It features a max output of 335 horsepower and offers notably better driving dynamics. The fuel economy is similar to the turbo-four and it goes around 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Finally, there is the SQ5 model, equipped with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out around 500 horsepower.
All engines come standard with 8-speed automatic transmission, while the company’s famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard.
2023 Audi Q7 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Audi Q7 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022, with a starting price of around 57.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLE etc.