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One of the biggest novelties we’ve seen with the recent facelift of the company’s mid-size crossover was the addition of the SQ7 model. So far, this badge was reserved for the European market only and mighty diesel powertrain. Now it comes to North America as well. It gets a new, gasoline engine, as well as all other kinds of upgrades. All this comes along with familiar design and features, including those that have been introduced with the recent update. The 2021 Audi SQ7 will be a serious performer.
All in all, this will be one of the better performers in the class. Count on spectacular numbers in terms of performances, and all that in a combination with impressive refinement in terms of the interior quality and overall opulence. The rest of the range is about to carry on in the same way and we don’t expect bigger changes in terms of the price.
2021 Audi SQ7 Specs
Of course, the core of the new 2021 Audi SQ7 USA model will be its new engine. In Europe, this badge is all about a mightfull diesel engine. In this part of the world, it’s all about gasoline, so we are about to see a new powertrain setup for this occasion. This model will be powered with a familiar 4.0-liter V8 engine, which will for this occasion feature a max output of 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you can expect nothing but exceptional performances. The company claims 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds.
Still, this version isn’t just fast in the straight line. It also gets an upgraded suspension setup, bigger wheels and many other things that affect handling and overall performances. Moreover, you can also get things like a sport differential, which can increase the ratio of power shunted to the rear axle from the standard 40:60 front/rear split to 20:80. Furthermore, you can get a stabilizer bar and several more chassis upgrades that are more typical for sports cars.
In terms of styling, you may count on various kinds of upgrades. Of course, there are things like a new grille, bigger wheels, bumpers, exhaust pipes and more. Also, there are all those changes that have been introduced with the recent facelift. As you may presume, the focus was on the front end, so that would be the area with most changes. Some of the highlights are things like redesigned grille, front and rear bumpers, new side sills, chrome trim for the tailgate, revised exhaust tips, LED lighting and more. Of course, the 2020 SQ7 adopted all these things and the next-year model will carry on in the same way.
The SQ7 comes with a couple of exclusive details on the inside as well, but the core has remained unchanged. That means that, although a sporty model, it doesn’t sacrifice any of its luxury. It still features one of the nicest cabins in the segment, full of hi-quality materials and loaded with all kinds of standard features.
Of course, this also means the same interior dimensions. That would mean two spacious rows of seats and one relatively tight. If you look at the numbers, you can see that the first and second rows are quite generous in space. The third row, on the other side, offers around 29.2 inches of legroom, so it suits mostly kids. The cargo area offers around 14.2 cubic feet behind the third row and around 36 behind the second. With all seats down, you may count on about 70 cubic feet and those are below-average numbers for the class.
The list of standard features will be pretty generous. We presume it will include things like a 12.3-inch digital cluster, the dual-screen MMI infotainment system with 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touch screens, handwriting recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and USB ports. Also, we count on things like wireless charging, premium audio system and more.
When it comes to safety features, there are things like front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, intersection assist, lane keep assist, a surround-view parking camera system, a night-vision camera and many more.
2021 Audi SQ7 Release Date and Price
We expect to see this model on the market sometime in the second half of the year. When it comes to the 2021 Audi SQ7 price, base versions should go around 80.000 dollars. The competition in this segment is pretty tough and some of the key rivals will be models like BMW X5 M50i and Mercedes-Benz GLE, but keep in mind that there are many other hi-performance mid-size crossovers on the market.