Update: ‘Design & Interior,’ ‘Release Date,’ and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ sections updated.
Audi is currently working on a second refresh for the Q7, following a facelift in 2019, with the updated SUV expected to be released next year. Here’s what we expect from the 2024 Audi Q7 Hybrid and PHEV models. We’re expecting the restyled Q7 to be part of the MY2025 range in the United States.
Design & Interior
Spy media of the 2024 Audi Q7 PHEV indicate that the SUV will feature only minor design changes, concentrated at the front. Tweaked Matrix LED headlamps, reshaped octagonal Singleframe grille with a new honeycomb pattern, new air inlets, and a new bumper should give its face a more confident look.
The new Audi Q7 could be reminiscent of the new Audi Q8, which will debut on September 5, 2023. The new powerful face inspired by the 5-seat SUV coupe should make a world of difference in how customers perceive the character of the Q7. Audi could borrow cues for some elements, such as the grille inserts, for instance, from the pure electric Audi Q8 e-tron as well.
On the sides, expect new alloy wheels, available in 19-, 20-, and 21-inch sizes. Spy shots indicate that the rear-end would look updated, too, with new graphics in the combination lamps and a new bumper. The company continues testing the updated model on public roads. Just back in May 2023, we saw Audi engineers driving a new Q7 prototype on snowy roads in the northern part of Sweden.
The 2024 Audi Q7 PHEV would need to deliver a significantly higher range than the current model to compete with the updated BMW X5 PHEV (BMW X5 xDrive50e) and the Mercedes GLE PHEV (Mercedes GLE 400 e 4MATIC), which are officially expected to deliver WLTP range figures of up to 110 km (68 miles) and 105 km (65 miles), respectively. To stay competitive with the upgraded rivals, the new Q7 could gain a bigger battery pack with an energy storage capacity of at least around 25 kWh (net).
The current Q7 PHEV, which has been unavailable to order in several important markets because of supply chain issues, has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 gasoline engine paired with a permanently excited synchronous motor. The latter is integrated into the housing of an 8-speed automatic transmission. A permanent all-wheel drive system with a self-locking center differential splits the torque between the front and rear axles. Audi may revise the engine and electric motor to realize higher combined power and combined torque than the outgoing model’s 250 kW (335 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb.-ft.).
2024 Audi Q7 mild-hybrid
With the upcoming update, Audi could start selling the Q7 widely with mild-hybrid technology as well in the U.S. The company already offers this type of semi-electrification in the Q7 in other markets since the first facelift in 2019.
Audi already uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system in the current 55 TFSI variant in the U.S., so it won’t be a surprise if it leverages energy recuperation across the board. If anything, it may try to make the system more efficient. For reference, the current Q7 55 TFSI mild-hybrid variant has a fuel economy rating of 20 MPG (comb.)/18 MPG (city)/22 MPG (highway).
2024 Audi SQ7 mild-hybrid
The new Audi SQ7 may also feature 48-volt mild-hybrid technology in the U.S. It is expected to be differentiated from the new Q7 with a more aggressive grille and bumpers, sportier wheels, black finishing on various parts like grille, mirrors, and roof rails, quad tailpipes, and more.
The new Audi Q7 range will likely go on sale in Europe in early 2024. Audi doesn’t offer the Q7 PHEV in the U.S., but the incoming SUV’s significantly higher electric range could make it a compelling case for the American subsidiary to investigate.
Audi hasn’t indicated when it plans to reveal the new Q7. It may try scheduling the world premiere later this year. The IAA 2023, to be held at the Munich Exhibition Center, between September 5-10, could be a good stage to conduct its debut. The roll out of the variants is expected to be staggered.
For the U.S.
While the regional launch of the PHEV is still a matter of speculation, the U.S. market should receive the restyled Q7 series for MY2025. Audi of America has confirmed that the 2024 model year Q7 will sport minor updates, which insinuates that visual changes are planned for next year.
For the 2024 model year, the Q7 range gets updates with new standard features and package options. All Q7 models now come with adaptive cruise assist as standard, and remote start is accessible through the Audi connect app. The Executive package, reserved for the Premium Plus trims and above, includes traffic sign recognition for Q7 45 variants. Additionally, Premium Plus trims and above now get standard multi-color contour/ambient LED interior lighting package.
The Q7 55 Prestige also gains a new S line sport package, debuting the S line exterior in the U.S. Optional features for the Q7 Prestige include a Dinamica headliner and HD Matrix-design LED headlamps with Audi laser light.
Audi Q7 sales
Audi sold 13,286 units of the Q7 in the U.S. between January and June 2023. Compared to H1 2022 (9,183 units), that marked a 45% growth.
With improved styling, new features, and a substantially higher all-electric driving range, the 2024 Q7 Plug-in Hybrid is set to be a more compelling option for consumers seeking a spacious plug-in hybrid SUV. While its arrival in the U.S. market is uncertain, we remain hopeful that it will be made available to customers stateside.
2024 Audi Q7 PHEV FAQs
What is the 2024 Audi Q7 PHEV release date?
The new Audi Q7 PHEV is expected to be delivered in Europe in early 2024.
What will be the 2024 Audi Q7 PHEV price?
The new Q7 PHEV could be priced at around EUR 77,000 in Germany.
Which models will be the 2024 Audi Q7 PHEV rivals?
It is set to compete with the BMW X5 PHEV, Mercedes GLE PHEV, and Volvo XC90 Recharge.
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