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
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 .