After seeing spy shots of the 2017 Audi SQ7 undergoing testing in April last year, we thought the model would be showcased in one of the international auto shows last year. Audi had other plans, the automaker has finally lifted the covers off the SQ7.
However, Audi designers were a bit lazy with its exterior profile as it looks almost identical to the standard Q7 which has been on dealer showrooms for some time now.
Read along to find out more on Audi’s largest vehicle to wear the “S” badge;
2017 Audi SQ7 Exterior
From far, the SQ7 looks identical to its sibling the Q7 which is already in dealerships. However, a closer examination reveals their slight differences. At the front, the vehicle features the signature Audi’s sculpted grille though it has been slightly altered and hooked up with an aluminum surround.
The bottom of the grille features an aluminum insert. An SQ7 badge is also added on one side of the Audi logo. At the bottom of the fascia are new functional aluminum corner vents. Its headlights, fog lights and hood are similar to the Q7.
The side mirrors are housed in aluminum while bump panels on its doors are also coated with aluminum as are its two roof racks. The vehicle also rides on 5-spoke wheels with two arms in each gap between the spokes. At the rear, the taillights and overhang are similar to the Q7.
On its hatch, you will notice a TDI emblem that indicates the automobile sips diesel. The automaker has done away with the rear diffuser on the standard Q7 and in its place is an aluminum unit integrated with mesh wire at the top. The SUV also features square, quad exhaust pipes which are mounted on each corner of its aluminum diffuser. Buyers will choose between 12 different exterior colors.
2017 Audi SQ7 Interior
Boy ain’t the exterior luxurious. The vehicle features numerous Q7, a model whose cabin is also splendid. The automaker added an “S” twists to the standard Q7 cabin making it even grander.
To start with, its analogue gauges have a gray backgrounds and white needles. On the dash, you will find a special welcome screen and an S-badge. The instruments cluster can be upgraded to Audi’s virtual cockpit which includes a 12.3-inch display with awesome graphics.
The vehicle further comes with a pop-up infotainment screen system mounted on the dash. The vehicle also features as optional MMI all-in touch and MMI navigation plus. The system comes with 4GLTE connectivity along with a Wi-Fi hotspot which when a buyer chooses the Audi connect package. The package also features myCarManager which allows the driver to lock and unlock the doors, start the engine remotely as well as check the vehicle’s status from an integrated Smartphone.
For audiophiles, the SQ7 comes with a Bang and Olufsen audio system with a whopping 23 speakers and 1,920 watt amp. You can also opt for a Bose Surround audio system with 19 speakers. 4 of the speakers are placed on the A-pillars which create a ‘virtual” stage according to Audi. Buyers will chose between a Kodiak Brown trim which features full leather upholstery with contrast stitching, luxury velour floor mats and a black Alcantara headliner. There is also a 2-piece trim stripe featuring Sono aluminum along with carbon twill copper which is exclusive to the SQ7.
There are additional aluminum inserts on the door handles, pedals and foot rests. Elsewhere, gray inserts are used such as on top of the center console and across the width of the dashboard. The seats on the other hand are partially quilted. The second row seats can slide forward to make room for an optional third row seats. Tablets are inserted on the rear seatbacks of the front seats to provide entertainment to the rear passengers. The tablets are portable meaning you can take them with you to your office or home. Matte gray inserts are used across the width of the dash and on top of the center console.
Engine Specs and Performance
Powering the 2017 Audi SQ7 is a 4.0 L TDI engine which features three turbochargers. The setup produces 435 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Two of the turbochargers are traditional exhaust powered units while the third is an electric turbocharger. The electric turbocharger runs on a 48-volt system. It provides engine boost at low speeds without producing a turbo lag as is the case with exhaust gas-driven turbos. The two conventional turbochargers differ in size. The small one works with light loads at low speed while the bigger one swings to action in high speeds and with heavier loads.
The engine’s reverse-flow setup of the intake and exhaust system is very interesting. It features an intake outside of the engine and the exhaust outlets between the two cylinder heads. This is completely opposite of most traditional engine designs. If you love performing your own maintenance, this particular feature will throw you off. The engine is also paired with the automaker’s Valve Lift System (AVS) . The system offers a performance boost to the engine.
The setup is paired to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission system power to all wheels. The setup enables the SQ7 to hit 60 mph from standstill in 4.8 seconds. The vehicle has an electronically limited maximum speed of 155 mph. Audi also estimates the model to return a fuel economy of 31.8 mpg on combined drives which is impressive.
Price and release date
The 2017 Audi SQ7 will go on sale this spring. The model will have a starting price of €89,900 in Germany which is $ 98,427 in current exchange rates. The version will be the most expensive in the Q7 lineup.
As you would expect, its top rivals will be from Audi’s other two Germany-based luxury makers, Mercedes-Benz with their GLS Class and BMW with their X5 .
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