Audi has started accepting orders for the all-new SQ7 TDI in the UK, with first deliveries starting in August. The Audi SQ7 is priced at £70,970 (Around Rs. 63 Lakhs) and the first ever ‘S’ version of the Q7 luxury SUV. It is also the first series production car to incorporate new electric powered compressor (EPC) technology that consigns ‘turbo lag’ to history. The SQ7 SUV was spotted testing several times in India last year before its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. It is believed that it would also be launched in India by the festive season.
The luxury SUV flaunts a unique radiator grille design, an aluminium finish for the side air inlets, mirror housings and door inlays, LED headlights with a striking double-arrow light signature and an exhaust system branching into four rectangular tailpipes. As for features, the Audi SQ7 boasts of 22-inch alloy wheels, Valcona leather upholstery with S embossing, S Sport seats plus with contrasting diamond stitching and two optional ‘3D’ surround sound systems from Bose and Bang & Olufsen, the latter offering up to 1,920 watts of music power. The fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit is one of the many standard features, as is the Audi smartphone interface and MMI Navigation plus with the fingertip-sensitive MMI Touch pad control.
Also new to the Q7 range is an embedded SIM card which brings the benefits of Internet-based Audi Connect services to the car without the need to insert a separate data-only SIM as was previously necessary. Google Earth mapping, Google Street View, news, weather, online traffic, flight and train information as well as local fuel prices and entertainment options are among the features available via the 7-inch MMI monitor and the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit display. For the first time in the history of the Q7, the new SQ7 TDI's sport differential, which actively controls torque distribution between the rear wheels, can also be specified.
Under the hood, Audi SQ7 carries the redesigned 4.0L V8 TDI engine with an electric powered compressor (EPC). The engine churns out 430bhp of top power and 900Nm of peak torque, making it the most powerful diesel SUV. With the electric powered compressor (EPC) supporting the work of the two turbochargers, especially at lower revs, step-off performance is impressive. The SUV does the 0-100kmph sprint in just 4.8 seconds, while clocking an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. The SQ7 delivers a mileage of 39.2 mpg in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is around 16.66kmpl. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 190 g/km. For those asking, the power for the EPC – which peaks at 7 kW – is provided by a 48-volt electrical subsystem, which also makes its Audi debut here.