If you were hoping to discover Ingolstadt has given the 2020 Audi SQ7 TDI a mechanical makeover, you’re headed for disappointment.
However, if the 4.0-litre twin-turbo diesel V8’s 320kW and 900Nm was already enough for you, with its ability to propel the 2.3-tonne beast to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, then inside the facelifted model is where you’ll want to focus.
As standard, the new SQ7 comes with Audi’s virtual cockpit with ‘performance view’ (it pretty much just moves the “particularly sporty” tacho to the centre), and MMI nav with touch screen.
The connectivity in the updated SUV also allows navigation using Google Earth, and access to Amazon’s Alexa assistant.
Options now include four-zone air-conditioning, gentle-shut doors, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a fragranced and ionized ‘air quality’ package.
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Outside, dynamic laser lights are available to replace the LED matrix lighting which comes as standard.
Further performance-focused elements of the previous SQ7 which carry over to the new model are the electric compressor which essentially acts as a third turbocharger, plus the performance air suspension which allows a raised ride height for driving on rough terrain, or a lowered (by 25mm compared to the standard height) stance for high-speed driving.
The 2020 SQ7 also keeps the roll-stabilisation from the previous model, which compensates for bodyroll during cornering, and all-wheel steering to make the large SUV more agile in tight corners and more stable on the freeway.
The new SQ7 will go on sale this month in Germany, with an Australian pricing announcement expected from Audi’s local branch before the SUV is available in the first half of 2020.
2020 AUDI SQ7 TDI SPECS
Engine: 3956cc V8, DOHC, 32v, twin-turbo, electric compressor
Power: 320kW @ 3750-4750rpm
Torque: 900Nm @ 1250-3250rpm
Weight: 2320kg (2385 w/ 7 seats)
0-100km/h: 4.8sec (claimed)