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2021 Audi Q7 Spy shots, Hybrid, Changes

It used to be the largest model in the family, but not anymore. The Q8 is now bigger, but the mid-size Q7 remains the flagship model. Things we can see on this vehicle are something we have to expect on other Audi products. With more than a year until its release, we can see the first test mules on the streets. Model for the next season is going through a facelift, and the 2021 Audi Q7 could launch the new generation. The situation in the mid-size premium class is changing faster than ever, and the SUV needs something special to keep up with the competition.

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Many experts already have some clues on the hybrid engine. That is probably the major upgrade for the upcoming SUV. Whatsoever, the 2021 Audi Q7 is about to change the appearance. It will keep changes the next season is bringing, and designers will get in the cabin and make it fresh. With numerous hi-tech features, the price will go up. Also, the company will deliver a performance-oriented version. We can find some rumors about the RS model. SQ7 might be available for the European market.

2021 Audi Q7 Specs

The new 2021 Audi Q7 will keep old drivetrains. The German carmaker is not developing new units, so it is certain that the base version of the mid-size SUV will carry a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. A 4-cylinder mill is good for 250 hp and 275 pound-feet of torque. Audi is exploiting its famous Quattro all-wheel drive system. An eight-speed automatic transmission is pairing the powertrain. This system needs around 7 seconds to accelerate 0-60 mph. Towing capacity is 4,500 pounds, which is quite good for a four-cylinder engine.

If you need more power, then a V6 is a better solution. Supercharged, a 3.0-liter displacement can crunch 330 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. It increases the towing capacity to 7,700 pounds and speeds up to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. A larger engine is returning the same mileage as the four-cylinder unit. On the highway, the 2021 Audi Q7 V6 will consume 25 mpg, which is not a bad output for SUV with 330 ponies.

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Hybrid

The latest speculations are informing the 2021 Audi Q7 is getting a hybrid engine. This move will make the SUV competitive to the Lexus RX hybrid. Whatsoever, we still don’t know what to expect for the US market. European buyers will see the e-tron model that combines a diesel engine with electric batteries. After the scandal with gas emissions, Audi is not going to play the diesel engines in the US for a while. Also, reports are mentioning some kind of a mild-hybrid system. In this case, only a minor boost to the fuel economy is happening. On the other hand, the Q7 e-tron is the plug-in system that uses the Quattro drive as its base sibling. Just for the record, it achieves 250 hp and 450 pound-feet of torque, while returning these outputs: 140 mph max speed, 6.2 seconds for 0-60, 130 mpg combined fuel consumption (electric + conventional motor).

2021 Q7-rear-view

Performance-Tuned RS and SQ SUVs

Better fuel economy and lower emissions are goals all companies are fighting for. But, on the other side are beasts with a lot of horsepower and high prices. That is the case with Audi, which could bring back the RS model for the first time after 2016. Sport tuning will boost outputs over 500 horsepower. It is more powerful than the last SQ7 we saw. A 4.0-liter engine produced 435 horsepower for this edition. So, the RS will set up some new standards, not only under the hood. This version is going to compete with the BMW X5M and Mercedes GLE AMG models.

2021 Audi Q7 Changes

The new 2021 Audi Q7 will go through a redesign to offer a fresh look to its fans and buyers. It is expected since there were no huge changes since 2015. Some say even the new generation is possible with the hybrid engine on the way. The front fascia will suffer the most changes. Spy photos are not showing too much. We can’t even find out if the vehicle uses the same dimensions. The redesign should bring a new set of wheels and details, which are hidden under the heavy camo.

Interior is also getting the latest updates for the infotainment system. The 2021 Audi Q7 remains a seven-seat SUV. A new layout could create more room, especially for passengers in the third row. Cargo space will suffer, but you can always fold seats if you need more room for storage.

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2021 Audi Q7 Release Date

The new 2021 Audi Q7 is coming late next year. The company bought some time by adding the new Q8 SUV. Now, while the Audi nation is testing the fresh model, the carmaker is developing new surprises. Hybrid engine and the redesign are still waiting for further tests and upgrades. So, the new Q7 is not coming out any time soon. Shortly after the debut, Audi will also offer SQ/RS model as an update for the lineup. 

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