Alongside the Audi Q2, Q5 and Q8, the seven-seat Q7 has been given an update to its specifications from what was first offered in 2015 when the SUV was launched. Here, there is just a 3.0 TFSI quattro variant being made available, which is priced at RM599,900 on-the-road without insurance. This is inclusive of a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty (previously four-year/120,000 km).

The engine remains as before, a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 petrol unit producing 333 hp from 5,500-6,500 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 2,900-5,300 rpm. An eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission handles power delivery to the wheels, together with the brand’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

From a rest, the big SUV takes 6.3 seconds to hit 100 km/h, and will continue accelerating to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The claimed combined fuel consumption rating here is 7.9 litres per 100 km.

Much of the standard kit is as before, including adaptive air suspension, LED headlamps and DRLs (with high beam assist and washers), heated and auto anti-glare wing mirrors, powered tailgate and park assist with surround view camera. A revision here is the wheels, which are now 20-inch Audi Sport ten Y-spoke alloy wheels shod with 285/45 profile tyres.

It’s the same story with the interior, where you’ll still get leather/leatherette upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, powered seats with four-way lumbar support and memory function for the driver, an ambient lighting package, leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, upper inlays in brushed aluminium and lower inlays in an anodised finish.

Also present is the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, although the Q7 variant now gains Audi connect (includes Point of Interest search and WLAN hotspot) and a Bang & Olufsen Premium sound system with 3D sound. The latter replaces the previous Bose 3D Sound System.

In the safety department, you’ll find eight airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix mounts (on all second- and third-row seats; five in total), hold assist and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).