At the moment, Audi has quite the fleet of diesel-powered ‘S’ cars. The new Audi S4, S5, S6 and S7 are all powered by pesky diesel fuel that doesn’t seem to want to go away. However, the car that really started it all for the four-ringed brand was the current Audi SQ7 TDI. It actually wasn’t the first diesel performance machine from Audi but it was the first one to garner tons of worldwide attention and overwhelming praise. Now, the SQ7 TDI gets a facelift, similar to that of its baby sibling, the standard Q7.
On the outside, it looks very similar to the newly facelifted Q7. So it gets the new, sharper headlights and the enormous, gaping grille, as well as new taillights that are more in keeping with the rest of the new lineup. Personally, I think this new facelift is actually a step down, because the pre-facelift Q7/SQ7, is still such a handsome car. But this new car certainly looks more aggressive.
Inside, the newly nipped and tucked Audi SQ7 TDI gets the same new dash layout as the Q8, featuring the now-familiar dual touchscreen MMI setup. This replaces the archaic pop-up MMI screen from the pre-facelift Q7 and looks far more modern. The Virtual Cockpit also gets upgraded to the latest model.
What’s really important is under the hood and the monster diesel-powered heart remains. Powering the Audi SQ7 is still a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 diesel engine. Though, it’s sort of triple-turbocharged, thanks to its additional EPC (Electrically-Powered Compressor), which essentially acts as a third, electric turbocharger. This allows ultra low-rpm boost to reduce turbo-lag by adding turbo boost at around zero rpm. Power remains the same, at 429 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. But with those numbers, did it really need an upgrade?
Active sports air suspension is standard, along with variable ratio steering and rear-wheel steering, to keep the big, heavy Audi SQ7 agile. It also gets the same electro-mechanical active roll stabilization as the previous car and the same 48-volt electrical sub system. So it should be as badass as its power makes it seem.
The newly facelifted Audi SQ7 TDI will go on sale in Germany at the end of July and will start at €94,900, with the seven-seat model starting at €96,420.