2016 Audi Q7 live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Audi has just launched its all-new Q7 SUV but the variant we’re most interested in, the sporty SQ7 TDI, is still in the works. Previously, we heard that the vehicle will be fitted with a diesel engine equipped with an electrically-driven turbocharger. The technology, called “e-boost”, is designed to eliminate turbo lag at low revs and makes its debut in the SQ7 TDI.
Auto Express, citing comments made by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg, is reporting that the engine fitted to the SQ7 TDI won’t be a V-6 as previously thought but a new V-8 unit. The engine will eventually appear in other Volkswagen Group brands, potentially including Bentley’s upcoming Bentayga SUV with which the latest Q7 shares its MLB Evo platform.
Audi first demonstrated its e-boost system on a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. It produced an impressive 385 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the latter generated at just 1,250 rpm. With a larger displacement V-8, performance will likely be lifted further.
The SQ7 TDI is said to be coming next year. It’s not clear yet if the vehicle will be offered in the U.S., though there’s a chance a gasoline-powered SQ7 may also be introduced, and this is the one that we’ll likely receive. Recall that the current SQ5 has both gasoline- and diesel-powered variants.
Beyond the SQ7, we’re likely to see additional Q7 variants. Already there’s the new Q7 e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid, and further down the track we could see a more off-road-biased model fitted with reduction gears. The setup is already planned for another MLB Evo-based model, the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg, but adding it to the Q7 would only be done if the market demands it.