Ingolstadt, 03 March 2016: A 4.0 V8 TDI engine equipped with an electric powered compressor. A peak output of 435 hp and 900 Nm torque. 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Top speed of 250 km/h. Fuel efficiency comparable to a six-cylinder at 7.4 ltr per 100 kms. That’s the new Audi SQ7 TDI – the most powerful diesel SUV on the market.
Standing at 5.07 meters, the new Audi SQ7 TDI sports a singleframe radiator grille with a S‐specific design, distinctively highlighted wheels and flared quattro-style blisters. The headlights (standard LED and optional Matrix LED) have a pronounced three-dimensional appearance with a double-arrow signature. Distinct features on the exterior include side air inlets, mirror housings and door inlays in standard aluminum, with a factory-installed sound exhaust system terminating in four rectangular tailpipes that provide for a sporty, unmistakeable V8 sound.
The interior quality sports a S-specific design language, with comfort features that are luxury-class. There is a choice between sport seats and sport seats plus, with the sliding/folding seats providing easier access to the optional third row. Audi offers the SUV with a choice of either five or seven seats. The second row comes standard with a three-section backrest with segments that can be folded down separately. The optional third row folds up and down electrically.
The SQ7 TDI is also available with a full leather interior, Alcantara black headlining, sport seats plus with Valcona leather in Kodiak brown and contrasting stitching, and luxury velour floor mats. With the two-piece trim strip of Sono aluminum and carbon twill copper as exclusive embellishments.
The optional Audi virtual cockpit has a 12.3 inch display where the mode can be chosen via the multifunction steering wheel. A head-up display and the MMI navigation plus infotainment system is also available as an option, and integrates a Wi-Fi hotspot. Optionally, two Audi tablets can also be docked in the backs of the front seats, offering infotainment access to the rear passengers as well.
The SQ7 TDI offers a range of assistance systems to help drivers travel safely, fuel-efficiently and comfortably. The predictive efficiency assistant provides additional information in the instrument cluster to help the driver save fuel. The standard Audi pre sense city – an anticipatory warning and emergency breaking function for avoiding accidents and protecting pedestrians – makes the SQ7 TDI even safer.
The electric powered compressor in the SQ7 TDI is a world first in a production vehicle. It supports the engine for pure dynamics with no turbo lag. In fact, with this technology, turbo lag is actually history, as the EPC provides the engine the boost energy needed for power delivery in less than 250 milliseconds. The redesigned eight-speed tiptronic is quick and efficient. Steering precision and agility is significantly improved and road behaviour is positive. The SQ7 remains agile on curves at high speeds with minimum body roll and offers a taut, sporty handling.
The Audi SQ7 TDI comes with a multi material body construction and is the lightest SUV in its segment, yet makes no compromises with respect to crash safety.
In Europe, the Audi SQ7 TDI can be ordered beginning spring 2016. It will be offered in Germany for a base price of €89,900, including an expanded range of standard equipment, valued at approx. €10,000, compared with the base model. These include LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, sportily contoured bumpers and door trim strips, adaptive air suspension with S-specific tuning, electrically adjustable and heated sport seats in Alcantara and leather, brushed aluminum inlays, 3-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles, anti-theft alarm and an enlarged tank with 85-litre capacity.