The Virtual Cockpit in the Audi also measures 12.3 inches while the upper and lower displays in the center of the dashboard expand over 10.1 and 8.6 inches in diagonal. In other words, the premium brand wins this game of Top Trumps as far as surface area is concerned.
Look even closer at the photograph featuring the cabin of the Q7, and you’ll also notice the touchpad and a number of buttons from the Q8. Influences can be found outside as well, with the Q7 adopting the coupe-ified crossover utility vehicle’s headlamps and bumper design. It appears this particular 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, and then there’s the SQ7 TDI with the 4.0-liter 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.
The RS Q8 is understood to use the plug-in hybrid setup from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which has been proved to 670 horsepower (680 PS) and 626 pound-feet (850 Nm) of torque in the sports sedan. But on the other hand, will Audi ever be allowed by the Volkswagen Group to have a more potent SUV than Lamborghini? Let that sink in for a moment…