Audi is introducing a new S model from the Q7 model line powered by a V8 TDI (diesel) engine – dubbed the new Audi SQ7 TDI. Already a luxury SUV, the Q7 has been revised to feature a powerful sporty appearance and luxuriously comfortable interior and athletic diesel performance, resulting to the creation of the SQ7 TDI. The new SQ7 measures 5.07 meters (16.6 ft.) in length, which makes it about as long as the base model.
Interested clients could also avail of the optional driving dynamics package that entails three technology modules: sport differential, electromechanical active roll stabilization and all-wheel steering. Meanwhile, the SQ7 TDI employs a highly integrated suspension control unit serving as the central commence for the adjustable shock absorbers, the sport differential, roll force distribution, and the air springs.
The rolling of all relevant suspension functions into a central control unit has allowed developers to attain an optimal networking and coordination of these functions, thereby resulting to superb handling in any event. Of course, the SQ7 TDI is equipped with around 24 driver assistance systems.
One of these systems is the Audi pre sense city feature that could provide early warning and could initiate emergency breaking to avoid accidents and protect pedestrians. Another available system is the predictive efficiency assistant that displays extra information in the instrument cluster to urge drivers to save fuel.
SQ7 TDI also features adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist that allows drivers to relax in slow-moving traffic by taking over the steering. ACC could also adjust the driving speed to the route and speed limits. One of the main contributions to the performance, efficiency and sleekness of the new SQ7 TDI is the use of several materials to achieve a lightweight construction.
While this makes the Audi SQ7 TDI the lightest SUV in its segment, it in no way compromises crash safety. Audi used hot-shaped and extremely strong sheets for the backbone of the occupant cell and aluminum for the outer skin. Moreover, the SUV’s center of mass is low while its drag coefficient is at an impressive 0.34 cd.
Interested customers in Europe could start placing their orders for the new Audi SQ7 TDI in spring 2016. In Germany, the SQ7 TDI will have a starting price of €89,900, including an expanded range of standard equipment valued at around €10,000.
Featured as standard on the new SQ7 TDI are 20-inch wheels, contoured bumpers and door trim strips, LED headlights and adaptive air suspension with S-specific tuning as well as electrically adjustable and heated sport seats in Alcantara and leather.
Other standard equipment includes three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles, brushed aluminum inlays, anti-theft alarm and a larger tank that could contain up to 85 liters of diesel capacity.
Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, remarked that the SQ7 is a result of the application of the concept of a diesel-powered S model on the Q7 model line. He noted that the SQ7 TDI with a V8 TDI engine consumes just as much fuel as a six-cylinder engine.
He also noted that the use of the electric powered compressor in the SQ7 TDI is a world-first event, with which the German premium carmaker underscores its claim “Vorsprung durch Technik.”