When Audi rolled out a ‘40 TFSI’ in its mammoth Q7 back in September 2017, everyone thought it would get a large capacity powertrain with a shattering power output. On the contrary, Audi slapped on a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor that made 252bhp and 370Nm of torque (230Nm less than the diesel). Come to think of it, this is what the brand did with its latest A4 too. Although it was introduced with a 1.4-litre petrol motor, it sported a 30TFSI badge! Sure, Audi may have pulled it off with the A4, the question is, will large SUV buyers warm up to similar tactics where inherent expectations include more grunt from the powertrain? We will soon find out.
As for the looks, there’s nothing new here. And we don’t really mind since the Q7 has great presence anyway. The nose especially, has a well chiselled look with that huge grille and silver accents which complement those sleek Matrix LED headlamps. While the design flair catches your undivided attention, you will also notice that Audi has dumped the use of fog lamps! The strong design sense doesn’t end here. The profile section shows off the SUV’s butch stance with silver window sills and the large five-spoke alloys. The rear is characterised by a pair of attractive tail lamps with modern graphics, a bumper with lots of creases and the twin exhausts that pop out from underneath.