Audi South Africa has confirmed the refreshed SQ7 is scheduled to arrive in local dealerships in January 2021 in “limited” numbers.

The Ingolstadt-based firm’s local arm says the SQ7 will touch down as the most powerful diesel model in its broader line-up, with the 4,0-litre V8 turbodiesel engine offering 310 kW and 900 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s enough, says Audi, for a sprint from standstill to three figures in 4,8 seconds.

The facelifted SQ7’s twin-turbo oil-burning V8 is assisted by an electrically powered compressor, which is fed by a 48 V system. Peak torque is on offer from as low as 1 250 r/min through to 3 250 r/min, with top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Expect items such as sport air suspension and progressive steering to ship standard. Visually, the updated SQ7 is set apart from standard models by twin slats in its grille, aluminium-look side-mirror caps and four chrome-tipped tailpipes. It also features sportier front and rear bumpers.

As standard, the SQ7 TDI will likely run on 20-inch wheels in a five-spoke turbine design, wrapped in 285/45 rubber. Brake discs measuring 400 mm will be fitted to the front, with 370 mm items employed aft.

A raft of S- and RS-badged products from Audi Sport will follow the SQ7 in the first quarter of 2021.

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