Audi Announces SQ7 TDI Pricing For Europe
When it arrives this summer, the SQ7 will come with a base of 89,900 Euros (about $103,037). The list of standard equipment is extensive with LED headlights, adaptive air suspension with S-specific settings, larger fuel tank, 20-inch wheels, sport seats finished in Alcantara and leather; and a 3-spoke sport steering wheel. Optional is an advanced dynamic driving package that includes an electromechanical active roll stabilization system - helps reduce body roll during sporty driving. This package also adds quattro all-wheel drive with sport differential and all-wheel steering.
Aside from the electromechanical active roll stabilization system, what other clever tech does the SQ7 feature?
The 4.0L TDI V8 engine features an electrical compressor that acts as a turbocharger to eliminate turbo lag when leaving a stop. We go a bit more depth on this in our original SQ7 story from March. Audi also fitted a 48-Volt electrical system to meet demands of the various electrical devices such as the compressor and electromechanical active roll stabilization system.
How does it compare to the competition?
The direct competitors are the BMW X5 M50d and Porsche Cayenne S Diesel. Both of these models cost less than the SQ7 (85,700 Euros for the X5 M50d, 87,400 Euros for Cayenne S Diesel). However the SQ7 beats both in terms of power (381 horsepower and 545 pound-feet for the X5 M50d, 385 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque), and the run to 60 mph (4.8 seconds for the SQ7 vs. 5.3 for the X5 and Cayenne).
Any possibility of the SQ7 TDI coming to the U.S.?
We don't know as the diesel emission scandal is still a big issue and a number of Audi TDI vehicles will need to be recertified. If the SQ7 is announced for the U.S., we wouldn't be shocked if it swaps the TDI for a gas engine.
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