With Audi's earth-moving 4.0-litre V8 TDI now electric-power assisted, the new 2020 SQ7 can move just about anything...
Audi's 4.0-litre Biturbo V8 first came into service in the Spring of 2016 with the erstwhile SQ7. Since then, the engine has also gone on to power other Volkswagen Group products like the Bentley Bentayga, Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi SQ8. Now though, Audi's flagship is back in a refreshed avatar with the torque-rich motor.
As the standard Q7 has been recently updated, the SQ7 follows the same styling for its major components. However, to set the SQ7 apart, it gets a few subtle styling changes and a bit of equipment upgrade. While the LED Matrix lighting has been directly lifted off the Q7, the front grille of the SQ7 gets twin vertical slats, as compared to the standard car's single-bar slat version. At the back, the SQ7 gets quad exhausts, which immediately highlight its performance prowess. A long-time design presence on the S models, the SQ7 continues the tradition of silver-coloured ORVM caps. Like the SQ8, the SQ7 also gets other silver-finish bits & bobs like the bumper and door accents, along with the underbody protection.
While the standard Q7 gets 19-inch wheels on its S-Line version, the SQ7 rides on 20-inch wheels as standard. To handle the 4.0-litre V8 motor's 429bhp and 900Nm of torque (which is also assisted by a 48V electric motor), the SQ7 gets more serious stopping power, courtesy of 400mm discs up front and 370mm units at the rear. The brake callipers, meanwhile, can be ordered in either red or black paint finish. Audi will also offer a carbon-ceramic brake setup as an optional extra for the SQ7. In case you haven't noticed, the SQ7 gets identical power & torque figures as the SQ8. Even their 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds remains the same.
As mentioned above, the recently updated Q7 features Audi's latest equipment. Thus, the SQ7 also offers all those features, like the optional electromechanical active roll stabilization, all-wheel steering (standard), optional active cruise assist, etc. The 2020 SQ7 will be introduced in the European markets by the end of September.