Audi testing SQ7 on the Nürburgring?

The second generation Q7 is right around the corner as Audi has confirmed the full-size SUV is programmed to go on sale in 2015 and will be followed a year later by a more powerful SQ7 version. We could be looking at that model judging by the four exhaust pipes at the back while under the hood there should be a powertrain sourced from the RS5 TDI concept.

In other words, we could be dealing with a TDI 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbodiesel motor working with an electric turbocharger as well as a lithium-ion battery pack. In the RS5 TDI concept, this hardware arrangement is capable of developing 385 PS (283 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque but the second generation Q7 will be heavier than the concept so expect the output to be increased for the SQ7.

The 2015 Audi Q7 will make the switch to the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform and is expected to shave off up to 363 kg (800 lbs). While the SQ7 will sit on top of the range, a new base model is rumored to pack a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI engine and Audi has already confirmed plans for a long wheelbase derivative with the “e-tron” moniker which will have a V6 3.0 TDI engine and an electric motor providing a combined output of 373 PS (275 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm). It will allow the model to have a fuel consumption of 4 liters / 100 km and should cover up to 31 miles on electric power.

Adrian Padeanu

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