Although now petrol-powered, Audi says never say never to the SQ7 and SQ8 SUVs reverting to diesel like the smaller SQ5
Audi did a similar thing with the SQ5 performance SUV, releasing it with a diesel powerplant, then petrol and then reverting back to diesel once again.
Audi Australia’s senior product planner Matthew Dale told Chasing Cars to “never say never” to the SQ7/SQ8 going back to diesel one day.
“We’ve come back with diesel before and we are a petrol and diesel company. We believe we bring the best range for customers”.
The current Audi SQ5 uses a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine that produces 251kW/700Nm.
Audi says that they are seeing a market trend towards having petrol engines installed in performance vehicles. The entire RS range, for example, is petrol-powered or electrified.
However, Audi holding on to diesel engines could change in Europe first where Euro 7 emissions regulations are set to be introduced around 2025 that could make producing diesel cars a lot more difficult.
Although the European Union has announced it will ban petrol and diesel cars from 2035, it’s not inconceivable that internal combustion could be phased out sooner due to further legislation changes in the interim.
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