The updated Audi SQ7 TDI has been revealed ahead of an Australian release in the first half of 2020.
Power comes from a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 diesel engine with mild-hybrid technology producing 320kW and 900Nm, the latter is available between 1250 and 3250rpm. An eight-speed tiptronic transmission sends power to Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
Audi claims the SQ7 TDI can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250km/h. These digits are identical to the recently unveiled SQ8 TDI.
Depending on the equipment, the SQ7 TDI consumes between 7.4-7.6L/100km on the combined cycle.
Sport air suspension and progressive steering will be standard. Buyers can option a sport differential which brings torque vectoring and all-wheel steering.
Electromechanical active roll stabilisation is also available which uses a compact electric motor between the two halves of the stabiliser on each axle. According to Audi, “when driving straight ahead, they largely act independently of each other, which reduces sprung mass vibrations on uneven roads.”
The SQ7 rides on 20-inch cast aluminium wheels wrapped in 285/45 tyres as standard. Stopping power comes from 400mm discs at the front and 370mm discs at the rear. Carbon-ceramic brakes will be on the options list.
In terms of styling, the SQ7 is consistent with the design elements of other Q models. The exterior gets twin slats in the Singleframe grille, aluminium-look exterior mirror housings, four chrome tailpipes, unique bumpers and underbody protection at the rear.
On the inside, buyers will find plenty of dark leather and Alcantara, inlays made of matte brushed aluminium, sport seats, stainless steel pedals and illuminated door sill trims with aluminium inlays and S logos.
Audi’s virtual cockpit is standard and offers S-specific views with red graphical details, while Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, is fully integrated into the MMI operating system.
As with every Audi, there’s an extensive options list that includes four-zone automatic air conditioning, a power-assist function to close the doors quietly, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and HD matrix LED headlights.
The Audi SQ7 TDI is expected to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2020, local specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to the launch date.
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