Audi has revealed it’s latest upcoming car of 2017 ‘The SQ-7 Spy’. This auto will be the 2nd generation model, although long-serving, first-generation Audi Q-7 never offered a high-performance variant to do battle with the BMW M or Mercedes-Benz AMG utes, the new Q-7 will show no such restraint.
Audi will take the formula successfully applied to the Q-5, with the SQ-5, and adapt it to the Q-7, creating the SQ-7, the ultimate version of its three-row SUV. We’ve just been in the new Audi Q-7 and find it to be incredibly nimble despite its size. The versions we drove were the regular gasoline and diesel V-6 models but a more powerful, more dynamic Q-7 is in the works and has been spotted in prototype form for the first time. The new version will be badged an “SQ-7” and is set to debut Audi’s electrically-aided turbocharger technology.
The second-generation Q-7 is the first model to be built using the new iteration of the VW Group’s MLB modular-longitudinal architecture, which will also underpin the next VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. The SQ-7 naturally uses this platform as well, and, should it prove true, its claimed weight savings of some 700 pounds compared to its predecessor is particularly good news for a high-performance model like the SQ-7.
Audi has yet to detail the powertrain of this uplevel offering, but rumors swirl that VW Group and Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg has copped to a uniquely boosted mega-diesel for the SQ-7: a V-8 TDI bolstered by an electric supercharger, estimated to make 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The electric supercharger in combination with turbocharging creates quicker throttle response; the tech was previewed by the RS-5 TDI concept. The downside is that it requires a separate, 48-volt power supply, adding cost and complexity. Potentially, Audi also could offer a version of its gasoline-powered 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as seen in the RS-7, where it’s good for 560 ponies. Either would provide a significant performance boost over the standard Q-7’s top engine, a 333-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. However, a gasoline-powered SQ-7 may also be planned for markets where diesel isn’t all that popular, such as the U.S. and China. Recall that the smaller SQ-5 comes in both gasoline and diesel flavors, although we only get the former here in the U.S.
A debut for the SQ-7 is slated for next year, which means if the vehicle makes it to these shores it will probably arrive as a 2017 model.