Opening the order books for the SQ7 TDI in Europe has kicked off with an official video meant to demonstrate its versatility.
With an open road ahead, “the world’s most powerful diesel SUV”, as Audi labels it, shows it’s capable of tackling tight corners with ease and, if the tarmac somehow ends, it’s more than happy to take its occupants on a short adventure through the backcountry.
Prices for the Audi SQ7 TDI kick off at €89,900 ($100,790) in Germany for the 4.0-liter TDI-powered SUV that benefits from an electric powered compressor (EPC), a first in a production vehicle. The total output sent to all four corners through an 8-speed auto gearbox stands at 435 PS (429 HP) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque.
Contributing to its character is an ‘S’ kit on the outside that counts different front and rear bumpers, special door trim strips and 20-inch rims, adding up to interior features such as the Alcantara and leather-wrapped sport seats with heater and electric functions and paddle shifters behind the 3-spoke steering wheel, offered at no extra cost.
Introducing the SQ7 TDI in the United States remains under question, but since the Dieselgate scandal is far from over, it’s likely that Audi will skip launching it on this side of the Atlantic.