Audi’s revamped SQ7 large SUV has hit Australian showrooms with a slight price drop of $400, now commanding a $161,500 before on-road costs pricetag.
Changes to the outside are subtle with the front grille now wearing vertical slats and the headlights refreshed for 2020.
Inside, the new SQ7 also scores Audi’s all-digital dual-screen multimedia system with a 10.1-inch screen for satellite navigation and 8.6-inch display for climate controls – both featuring haptic feedback.
While the new SQ7 looks new on the inside and out, the engine, a 4.0-litre twin-turbo diesel V8, is carried over unchanged.
This means that the SQ7 punches out 320kW/900Nm, while turbo lag is reduced thanks to the inclusion of an electric powered compression, underpinned by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
With drive sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, the quattro-equipped SQ7 can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, making it the world’s quickest seven-seat diesel SUV, according to Audi.
Fuel economy meanwhile, is pegged at 7.8 litres per 100km for the 2460kg large luxury SUV.
Standard equipment includes 22-inch Audi Sport wheels, red-painted brake callipers, all-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, panoramic glass sunroof, gloss black exterior highlights, keyless entry, push-button start, soft-close doors, Matrix LED laser headlights, Valcona leather seats with diamond stitching, heated front seats, 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrumentation, and four-zone climate control.
Safety wise, the SQ7 is fitted with autonomous emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and exit warning system.
Two options packs are available to SQ7 buyers, a $13,300 Sensory Package that adds a Bang & Olusfen 23-speaker sound system, Alcantara headling, cooled front seats and heated outer rear seats; and a $10,900 Dynamic Package that bundles a sports differential and active roll stabilisation.
Ceramic brakes are also found on the options list, adding $19,000 to the SQ7’s price.