2025 Audi Q7 Gets a Nip and Tuck, Sprints Faster

As Audi prepares to introduce a brand new, range-topping Q9, the largest SUV currently available in the portfolio is getting a refresh. In Canada, the changes will debut for the 2025 model year.

To be clear, the Q7 continues to move forward with the second generation that launched for 2016 and was significantly updated for 2020.  

Styling has been revised in the same pattern as the 2024 Q8, a similarly sized vehicle with a more athletic profile and two rows of seats instead of three. Both the standard Q7 and the sporty SQ7 feature new Matrix LED headlights and a revised Singleframe grille up front. The air intakes at each corner of the front bumper have a different shape and treatment, too.

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The daytime running lights and OLED taillights now offer four available signatures for customization. The company has also five new wheel designs ranging from 20-22 inches in size. Additionally, three new body colours can be specified including Sakhir Gold, Ascari Blue and Chili Red).

The interior is subtly modified, which was to be expected. New contrast stitching, a new selection of decorative inlays (including Natural Elm Burl Silver and Matte Carbon Twill) and an upgraded infotainment system are the main highlights. For the first time, passengers can download popular apps from third-party providers such as Spotify or Amazon music through the new Audi app store.

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As for powertrain options, Audi is making no mention of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (261 horsepower, 273 lb-ft). This suggests the 2025 Q7 will come standard with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with 48V mild hybrid technology, producing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. While these numbers are unchanged, 0-100 km/h sprints are somehow quicker—from 5.9 seconds to 5.6 seconds, Audi claims.

Meanwhile, the SQ7 boasts a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that delivers 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque. Here, acceleration times are down to 4.1 seconds, an improvement of four tenths of a second from the 2024 model.

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That’s pretty much it as far as the changes go. Nothing major, really. That’s a bit disappointing for a luxury SUV that we at The Car Guide once voted as the best buy in the segment but is now surpassed by the likes of the Lexus RX, Acura MDX and Porsche Cayenne.

Canadian pricing details for the 2025 Audi Q7 and SQ7 will be announced closer to launch later this year.

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