This system made its debut last year on the A8 mid-life facelift and soon after was also added on the A6 and A7 model range, including the S and RS models. The system uses many separate diodes that can be individually controlled in order to maximize visibility without blinding oncoming traffic.
Our spy photos suggest the setup on the Q7 is a little different to the one on the sedan models. There's only one lens for the low beams and three for the high beam, separated by a vertical line of while lights from the DRL system. We actually like it better this way and it kind of reminds us of the system on the CLS-Class facelift.
What else is new?We also get a very clear glimpse of the rest of this SUV's design language. It's evident that some of the current Q7's bulkiness has been mixed in with the next version of Audi's design language. The highlight of this will be a new grille design, easily recognized as a hexagon and connected to the headlights in order to create a strong front end look.
The Q7 continues to be a massive vehicle, imposing both on the road and off it. However, a new platform will help it reduce its weight significantly. The engines available should be carried over from the A7 and A8, including three 3.0 TDI diesels with outputs varying from 218 to 320 PS. A sport model is also planned, powered by either a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 or the "tri-turbo" TDI system from the RS5 Concept, which would make this a match for the BMW X5 M50d. However, this won't be available at launch and neither will the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid that the company wants to make.