The second-generation Audi Q7 range was expected to list an ‘S’ model sooner or later and a fresh report from AutoExpress says that the Audi SQ7 has been confirmed for a market launch in 2016 by Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development of Audi AG, and will sport a V8 diesel engine featuring ‘e-boost’ electric turbochargers.
The turbocharging technology is based on the one Audi presented with the 2014 RS5 TDI-e concept, which essentially puts an end to turbo lag generally experienced at low engine speeds.
The 2016 SQ7 could be powered by a 4.2-litre TDI engine borrowed from the Porsche Cayenne Diesel S, but an Audi engineer hints that a 4.0-litre TDI engine might be offered instead. Citing the head of technical development, the report also mentions that more variants for the SUV are under consideration, including an off-road focused version, but only if sufficient customer demand is there for such variants. A previous report also confirmed that a hardcore performance RS version is in the works and will be named ‘RS Q7’.