Huge expectations are on the 2021 Audi Q7. The company is not going to introduce a new generation for a few more years. So, after the facelift last season, we expected the E-Tron technology on the Q7. It seems the SUV is not going to be the largest for much longer. When the new Q9 arrives, it will be the full-size model that will compete with the BMW X7.
The general impression is that Audi is losing the pace with its main German rivals. While both Mercedes and BMW are already delivering powerful hybrids in the mid-size segment, as well as mighty performance-tuned versions, the third giant from this European country falls short with these models. Well, the parent company, Volkswagen, is already in the business with Porsche Cayenne. So, the 2021 Audi Q7 will be a lighter premium model.
2021 Audi Q7 Engines and Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Audi Q7 will be an old and well-known unit. The US version starts with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is just not enough for the mid-size class. The powertrain is ready to deliver 250 hp. For example, Volvo XC90 can do 400 hp thanks to its PHEV system.
But, the carmaker will offer a drivetrain that is suitable for the mid-size segment. That is a 3.0-liter V6. Although supercharged, it creates only 330 hp. We say only because some non-premium models are pretty close to this number. The V6 is as efficient as its smaller sibling with 19/26 mpg for city/highway drive. Of course, the Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.
SQ7 Will Be Available in the US
Outside the US, the Q7 also offers several other configurations. The most important is the PHEV system with either 375 or 450 horsepower. Also, the electric batteries help the SUV achieve better torque. Of course, there are also diesel units. A 3.0-liter mill can produce 230-380 hp. It is also available as a hybrid based on the E-Tron system.
The top of the range model is the 2021 Audi SQ7. The carmaker will bring this version across the ocean. There are two models, one is based on the gasoline engine, and another is diesel. The first Q7 will be in the US dealerships. A 4.0-liter engine is creating 500 hp and 570 lb-ft. Finally, Audi has a model that will be a competitor to BMW X5 M and Mercedes AMG GLE.
…But No Hybrid or RS
For many years, fans are asking about the RS trim. Well, this one is not going to happen on the Q7 with the SQ7 and hybrid models available in the market. Definitely, the RS is out of any discussion and Audi will focus on other things instead of developing new units for this badge. The RS version might be the model for the hybrid drivetrain in the US.
2021 Audi Q7 Features and Accessories
The 2021 Audi Q7 is going to be a seven-seater SUV with three rows inside the cockpit. After the redesign, the vehicle is going to offer 71 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. If you don’t need a third row, there are 38 cu.ft., and with all benches up, the capacity drops to just 17 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige are trim levels waiting for buyers. LED headlights and 19-inch wheels are standard for the entry-level model. Inside, you will find a virtual cockpit with wireless services for smartphones. Plus, there is a lane departure warning as a highlight of the safety system.
The Premium Plus package adds premium surround audio and even more safety options. Now, the pre-sense is included, as well as the top-view camera. The 2021 Audi Q7 Prestige offers the most exclusive interior. The best quality materials, HUD with navigation, ambient lighting, and many more is waiting for you with the top of the range offer.
2021 Audi Q7 Release Date
As said, the release date of the upcoming SUV depends on many things. Eventually, most of the lineup will arrive unchanged. We will see what does the SQ7 model brings to the new market. Either way, Audi is not launching its vehicle before the final quarter of the year.
The base price of the 2021 Audi Q7 remains around $55,000. If you want to upgrade the 45 TFSI with 55 TFSI system and V6 engine, you will have to add $6,000. In both cases, Premium Plus will increase the price by $2,500 and the Prestige model is available only with a larger engine. It costs $72,000, but the SQ7 is going to top this mark easily. Do not expect the performance model under $85,000. If you take a look at the competition, you will see that prices of the BMW X5 M and Mercedes GLE AMG are in a six-digit realm.