|The new Audi SQ7 TDI joins the range as the world’s first series production car combining turbocharging with an electrically powered compressor bringing breathtakingly immediate response.|
Consigning ‘turbo lag’ to history, the boundary-stretching technology underscores the newcomer’s eligibility for the ‘S’ badge that denotes extraordinary performance across the Audi range, and fittingly goes hand-in-hand with another major forward stride in dynamics; electro-mechanical active roll stabilization for significantly reduced body roll.
The new Audi SQ7 TDI strikes an impressive balance between powerful and intensified stylistic elements. At 5070 mm, it is approximately as long as the standard Q7 SE. The Audi DNA, such as the sculpted Singleframe radiator grille, distinctively highlighted wheels and flared quattro-style blisters, is unmistakable. All lines and surfaces are designed precisely and incisively, and accentuate the width of the car and thus the solidness of the overall concept. The SQ7 TDI has a new radiator grille with an S‑specific design at the bumpers. Other distinguishing features are the side air inlets, the mirror housings and door inlays in standard aluminum. The exhaust system terminates in four rectangular tailpipes, finished in twilight grey matt. The new SQ7 TDI is available in 12 colors.
More space in the interior sets a new benchmark in the segment. Diffuser vent wrap and application strips emphasize the horizontality and spaciousness of the interior. With the SQ7 TDI, customers have the choice between standard sport seats and optional sport seats plus. The sliding/folding seats provide for easier access to the optional third row, with a standard power tailgate The SQ7 TDI boasts elegant design solutions in the interior, including analogue instruments with gray faces and white needles, special welcome screens and S badges.
The complete interior lighting including the luggage compartment employs LEDs, while the first upgrade level, the lighting package, is standard. Capacitive (contactless) switches control the light in the door pockets and the reading light. The instrument panel and door trim contain so-called contour lighting, extremely slender LED light guides that follow the broad lines. Ambient lighting is also available. This includes lighted door sill trims and additional contour lighting on the center console. The top version allows the driver of the SQ7 TDI to customize the interior lighting. Via the MMI, the driver can adjust it in several profiles and in five zones, and regulate the color of the contour lighting in the ‘drive select’ profile in 32 steps.
At the heart of the new Audi SQ7 TDI is a redesigned V8 BiTDI engine that now develops 435 PS and 900 Nm of torque, firmly staking this performance flagship’s claim as the most powerful diesel SUV on the market. The electrically powered compressor dispenses with any sign of turbo lag from step-off acceleration, helping to set an outstanding 0-`100 km/h sprint time of just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 249 Km/h (155mph). On engine layout, the intake side of the 4.0 TDI is on the outside, the exhaust side with the two turbochargers is on the inside of the 90-degree internal V. This layout provides for short gas paths, i.e. spontaneous response and short paths for the emissions control system. The common-rail system generates up to 2,500 bars of injection pressure.