In 2016, Volkswagen Group gave its 4.0-liter TDI V8 engine for the first time to the Audi SQ7. After that, other models like the Bentley Bentayga Diesel, Volkswagen Touareg, and Audi SQ8 have also gotten the same powerplant. And today, it’s time for the SQ7 to be refreshed with a number of new features and design tweaks.
On the outside, there’s no doubt that the SUV received a styling treatment similar to that recently given to the normal Q7. It now sports a pair of swanky headlights and taillights, making it more in tune with other new Audis. What further strengthens its appearance is the addition of the automaker’s latest single-frame grille that features twin vertical slats.
Look at the rear of the car and you’ll find the quad exhaust tips, indicating that it’s not your ordinary Q7. Meanwhile, the tailgate looks fresher with full-width metallic bar linking the two taillights.
There’s one change you won’t easily spot unless if you look closer, that is the slightly revised rear underbody protection. It’s finished in silver, in harmony with the side mirror caps and other matte silver accents on the vehicle’s exterior.
With more cash, you can make the SQ7 look subtler in black styling, or a little more distinctive with the Audi Exclusive Program to give it a lovely color like the Daytona Gray example you see here.
Coming with 20-inch wheels, the new SQ7 TDI isn’t only better in terms of appearance, but also in terms of performance. It has larger brakes than the ones used in the normal Q7 to back its bigger output. Lying under its bonnet is a 4.0-liter V8 TDI with an electric-powered compressor.
The diesel engine develops 429 horsepower and 664 pound-feet (900 Nm) of torque at 1,250 rpm. That is enough to push the big SUV from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and give it an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.
Just like the 2020 Q7, the SQ7 packs a heavily upgraded interior featuring a couple of touchscreen displays in the center console. With this, we can say goodbye to the severely-criticized tablet. The physical controls for the climate settings are now integrated into the new lower screen. Not only the car boasts the newest version of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, but it also has some SQ7-specific features.
The 2020 Audi SQ7 will start selling in Europe soon. In Germany, it will be priced from €94,900 ($106,432). The third row, seven-seat variant will cost higher at €96,420 ($108,136).