The SQ7 was Volkswagen Group’s first model to get back in March 2016 the tech-heavy 4.0-liter TDI V8 engine. Models like the Bentley Bentayga Diesel, VW Touareg, and the SQ8 have since received the mountain-moving diesel monster, and now is the time for a mid-cycle refresh to go through the flagship version of the Q7 family.
The styling tweaks on the outside are, of course, similar to those applied to the regular Q7 facelifted about a month ago. In other words, the SQ7 facelift gets the swanky new headlights and taillights in line with other recent products carrying the Four Rings, bringing the performance diesel SUV. The massive singleframe grille’s twin vertical slats make the SQ7 look more impressive than the mid-size SUV’s standard versions that only have single bars.
The quad exhausts on the back are a telltale sign that this is not your run-of – the-mill Q7, whereas the full-width metallic bar runs from one taillight to the other freshening up the tailgate of the SUV. Not that many people will notice it, but the protection of the rear underbody has been slightly modified and its silver finish matches the appearance of the side mirror caps as well as some of the other outer accents that come in matte silver. A black styling package at an additional cost makes the SQ7 look slightly more subtle, and by using the Audi Exclusive Program, you can make it a little more special to go for a fancy color like this Daytona Gray.
To match the additional power, the Audi SQ7 TDI rides on 20-inch wheels shod in 285/45 tires with brakes larger than what you will find in the standard Q7. These measure at the front 15.7 inches (400 mm) and at the back 14.6 inches (370 mm) and come with black or red calipers. With an optional carbon ceramic set measuring 16.5 in (420 mm) and 14.6 in (370 mm), with anthracite gray calipers, you can get even bigger ones.
With an electric-powered compressor that supports the turbocharger pair, the same 4.0-liter V8 TDI is at the heart of the SQ7. The diesel monster produces 429 horsepower and an epic 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meter) torque from a low 1.250 rpm, which helps the large SUV sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.8 seconds before maxing out at a 155 mph (250 kph) electronically capped.
Like the 2020 Q7, the S version has a massively upgraded interior with a couple of touchscreens dominating the center console. This change eliminated the much-criticized tablet, while the newly added lower display integrated the physical controls for the climate settings. The Audi Virtual Cockpit is the latest and largest version of Audi and has specifically created some additional features for the SQ7.
In the coming days, Audi will start taking orders for the 2020 SQ7 in Europe, with pricing starting at € 94,900 in Germany. The seven-seat model will set you back € 96,420 if you want the third row.