The company’s flagship SUV has been around for a while and it comes in several variants. Still, the SQ8 remains one of the most desired versions, mostly because of a great balance between style, performance and luxury. This year, it comes with a couple of interesting novelties. Although most of the vehicle remains the same, you can get few novelties like new red brake calipers, new optional Carbon Optic package etc. Still, that’s not the only aspect of the 2022 Audi SQ8 that comes with updates.
Novelties can be found on the inside as well. Some of the things worth mentioning are more safety features, as well as a new Executive package. On the other hand, things under the hood are the same as in the previous year’s model. You may count on a capable V8 engine, in a combination with smooth shifting transmission and great overall performance.
We expect that the 2022 Audi SQ8 release date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2022 Audi SQ8 Design
Of course, this model is heavily based on the standard Q8 model but it also comes with a lot of upgrades. The first thing you’ll notice is the styling, which looks more aggressive. Some of the unique parts are bumpers, exhaust pipes, wheels etc. Also, the 2022 Audi SQ8 brings a few more novelties. One of them is the addition of the new Black Optic package, which brings new 22-inch wheels, along with lots of black exterior accents.
Mechanically, this model features several upgrades over the standard model. Some of the highlights are upgraded brakes, adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering etc.
On the inside, the biggest novelty is that all models now come standard with carbon-fiber interior trim. Also, there is a new Executive package, which includes upgraded seats, heated second row, rear-window sunshades, ventilated front seats and more.
Other than that, things are largely the same as in standard models. That’s definitely not a bad thing, considering that this crossover features one of the nicest cabins in the class. The materials are really good, while the build quality is excellent. The same can be said for ergonomics.
When it comes to the interior space, the front seats are massive, with very good side support. The second row also has enough legroom to accommodate adult passengers. However, the middle passenger won’t feel particularly comfortable, so four adults seems like a perfect measure for this one.
The cargo area offers around 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 60.7 cubic feet. That’s not great, but not terrible either, pretty much average for the segment.
As we are talking about the second most expensive version of the SUV, it seems natural that the list of standard equipment is very long. You may count on the company’s excellent 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as on goodies like 10.1- and 8.6-inch touch screens, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The list of standard features also includes keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof, four-zone automatic climate control and ambient lighting etc.
The same is with safety features. You may count on a pretty long list of driver aids, which includes goodies like a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, traffic signs recognition, night vision camera and many more.
2022 Audi SQ8 Engine
Of course, it’s hard to imagine a proper 2022 Audi SQ8 review without talking about the engine. This is the second most capable version of the SUV, which comes with a well-familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out around 500 horsepower. That’s enough to ensure 0-60 sprint in less than 4.5 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a fantastic job too.
The engine is pretty capable, but it is also quite thirsty. You may count on about 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which are lower ratings compared to similarly powered versions of BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.
If you’re up for something even more capable, this SUV is also available in the RS version, with a max output of 591 horsepower and 0-60 time in about 3.7 seconds.
2022 Audi SQ8 Release Date and Price
We expect that the new version will hit the market in the next few months. When it comes to the 2022 Audi SQ8 price, it should start at around 91.000 dollars.