It is available in combination with the 268 bhp 3.0 TDI V6 engine and also for the 429 bhp SQ7 with its V8 TDI. At the same time, the Black Edition specification also makes its debut in the Q7 model line.
It is the Black Edition option, available exclusively in conjunction with the 268 bhp 3.0 TDI, which occupies the first new rung on the ladder above the previously range-topping S line specification. Q7 Black Edition models go beyond their S line counterparts with larger 21-inch alloy wheels and a black styling pack extending to the radiator grille frame, profile trim strip, front bumper styling accents and door mirrors. Black inlays set the tone in the interior, which also benefits from an upholstery upgrade to premium quality Valcona leather.
There is also the addition of a full-length panoramic sunroof and the ambient lighting pack. A flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel and the Audi Virtual Cockpit also expand the equipment list.
Adaptive air suspension sport – appearing for the first time in the UK Q7 range – is another gain for the Black Edition. It lowers the body by 15mm and continually adjusts the damping. A rear view camera completes the Q7 Black Edition specification.
Carrying over all the above enhancements to comfort and convenience, the new Q7 Vorsprung edition delivers a wheel upgrade to a 22-inch Audi Sport design and the addition of running boards (excluding SQ7 TDI models), complemented by the black styling pack. There’s the addition of ultra-supportive front super sport seats with memory functionality and diamond contrast stitching for the Valcona leather upholstery, plus an extended leather pack taking in the door pull handles, armrests and lower door trim, the front centre console trim and the underside of the instrument panel. Seat heating is also expanded to the second row, and the roof gains a soft-touch Alcantara headlining.
Vorsprung models are also fitted with an advanced key for ease of access and the Audi Phone Box to provide wireless charging for all Qi-enabled mobile phones. There is also the addition of a head-up display which projects important information such as vehicle speed and assistance system notifications onto the windscreen in the driver’s direct field of vision. And there’s a 3D BOSE surround sound system as well.
Matrix LED headlights guide the driver with precise illumination of the road ahead and adapt the light beam continuously to the prevailing conditions. The Driving Assistance Tour Pack is also added, equipping the Q7 Vorsprung with level 2 partial autonomy in the form of adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and traffic jam assist. Up to speeds of 37mph, these systems work together to steer, brake and accelerate the SUV in congestion.
The Parking Assistance Pack is also part of the Vorsprung specification. It consists of Park Assist to provide independent steering of the vehicle into parallel or bay parking spaces, a 360-degree camera and Side Assist for blind spot monitoring with visual and acoustic warnings.
Pricing starts from £64,405 OTR for Black Edition models, from £77,905 OTR for the Q7 Vorsprung and from £88,295 OTR for the SQ7 TDI Vorsprung.