Audi has been spotted testing a prototype for an updated Q7, and the test vehicle appears to be at a late stage of development.

The current Q7, the second generation of the nameplate, arrived for the 2017 model year and was given its first update for 2020. Normally a prototype for a redesigned model would appear around now, but with Audi planning to transition to a full-electric lineup this decade it makes sense for the automaker to continue updating the current internal-combustion model until an electric successor arrives.

The updated three-row SUV is expected to arrive late this year or early next, likely as a 2024 model. Its arrival should coincide with that of an updated Q8, prototypes for which are also out testing. Both SUVs are expected to adopt design features introduced on the 2024 Q8 E-Tron, the updated version of the E-Tron electric SUV.

The prototype for the updated Q7 features new fascias at both ends and front intakes with a design similar to that of the Q8 E-Tron. The grille is also new, as are the lights at both ends. The headlights should feature new LEDs with a brighter, more precise beam.

Tweaks will also be made to the cabin, which, like the Q8 E-Tron's cabin, should feature new trim materials, including the increased use of recycled materials in some areas.

It isn't clear what updates, if any, will be applied to the mechanicals. The Q7 is currently offered in the U.S. with 248-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 and 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 options, plus a 500-hp turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 reserved for the SQ7 variant.

2024 Audi Q7 facelift spy shots - Photo credit: Baldauf

2024 Audi Q7 facelift spy shots - Photo credit: Baldauf

As mentioned above, Audi plans to transition to a full-electric lineup this decade. The automaker has already confirmed its last internal-combustion model will be launched in 2026, meaning the next Q7, if there is one, will most likely be an EV.

The Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, which are closely related to the Q7, have also been updated. The updated Cayenne arrives in showrooms later this year as a 2024 model. The updated Touareg is no longer offered in the U.S. but will also go on sale later this year in markets where the nameplate is still available.