Recently introduced, this performance version of the popular luxury SUV will most likely continue without bigger changes for the next year, as 2019 Audi SQ7. While the current second-generation came almost three years ago, we needed to wait for some more time to see this one. It is a hi-performance version which doesn’t put the focus on powerful engine and sporty suspension only. This model walks on the tight line between performance and functionality. Interestingly, it comes with a diesel engine, so it isn’t offered in North America.
Besides plenty of power, it also comes with good fuel economy, which sounds highly beneficial. Also, the model doesn’t lose the base model’s practicality. Moreover, it offers a pretty spacious and comfortable cabin, even a third row of seating, which sounds amazing considering the crossover’s sporty nature. Since we probably won’t see bigger changes, 2019 SQ7 should arrive late in the year.
2019 Audi SQ7 Engine – Audi’s newest technological achievement
Of course, the core of the 2019 Audi SQ7 will be the same 4.0-liter TDI unit. This is definitely one of the most famous diesel engines around and this time it comes in 8-cylinder layout. With its impressive output of 429 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque, it creates a basis for mind-blowing performances. For example, it needs only 4.8 seconds to reach 62 mph. Despite such impressive performances, fuel economy remains at an amazingly high level. You can count on almost 50 US gallons in a combined drive, which sounds way more than impressive if we consider the engine’s size and output.
So, what’s the deal with such impressive performances, but also decent fuel economy? This model is the first one to get Audi’s brand-new compression technology. Basically, it is an electrically controlled compressor, which is neither a turbocharger nor a supercharger. So far, we can say that it marks impressive work results. After all, it already won the Auto Car award for innovations. However, it is still early to talk about things like reliability and durability.
2019 Audi SQ7 Design & Styling
The 2019 Audi SQ7 will represent the second year of production, so we don’t expect bigger changes. It will come with the same design characteristics. Base specs are pretty close to the standard Q7 model. However, there are several modifications to the chassis. By a quick glance, you can easily notice a lower ground clearance. That is because it features a completely new, sportier suspension, which provides a lower center of gravity, better cornerings, braking, acceleration etc. Also, there is a new pack of brakes, also designed for better performances.
In terms of styling, the 2019 Audi SQ7 will feature a few different parts compared to base models. Just like the current model, it will come with new bumpers, with sportier touch, as well as with few other exterior parts that also accentuate crossover’s sporty nature. Of course, there’s a unique wheels design, characterized not only by a new pattern but also with more inches in diameter and width, which is crucial for stability in corners and overall handling quality.
2019 Audi SQ7 Interior design
On the inside, 2019 Audi SQ7 won’t deviate much from the base model. There is a familiar dashboard layout, but you can notice a lot of aluminum trim, which is a pretty common thing among Audi’s sports cars. The most interesting part is definitely a new steering wheel. In a manner of a real sports car, it comes with a flat bottom. Also, new gas and brake pedals have been installed. Leather upholstery and other materials in the cabin feature top-level quality.
Besides plenty of attractive details, the 2019 Audi SQ7 will also keep the high level of comfort and practicality from the base models. Amazingly, it features foldable third-row of seats, which offers a decent legroom for an average person. Also, there is a bunch of tech features, including large touchscreen at the center console, navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, premium sound system etc. Count on a rear-seat entertainment system as well, with built-in screens.
Speaking of standard equipment, you can also count on things like aluminum roof rails, LED headlights, automatic park system, emergency braking system, rearview camera, multifunctional flat-bottom steering wheel, Valcona leather upholstery, tinted glass, power-adjustable seats, power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, and much more. The upcoming model will definitely bring a few more things to the list of standard features.
2019 Audi SQ7 Release Date and Price
Considering that we are about to see no bigger changes for the next year, the 2019 Audi SQ7 should come late in the year. Changes in price are not expected. The current model goes around 75.000 GBP, which converted to dollars goes around $100.000. Of course, there are several optional features in the offer, so the price could easily go higher.