Diesel/electric Audi Q7 e-Tron heading down under
Audi is making a bold claim with its new plugin diesel electric SUV, the Audi Q7 e-Tron – it’s the first SUV to derive its drivetrain technology from a LeMans racer. Really.
That drivetrain consists of Audi’s renowned 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6 that produces 190kW and 600Nm and electric motor produces 94kW and 350Nm. Total output is 275kW and a hefty 700Nm. An eight speed automatic sends all that power to all four wheels by way of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel system. The 0-100km/h dash is dismissed in 6.2 seconds, and the Audi Q7 e-Tron will rocket on to a top speed of 230km/h.
Yet despite all this power and speed, Audi claims the Audi Q7 e-Tron sips only 1.9 litres of diesel per 100km. And, it’ll travel up to 56km on pure electricity.
The 17.5kWh battery can be charged in around two hours on phase three power and 10 hours with a domestic socket.
There’s lots of standard equipment too. Customers are treated to autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise with queue assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and a clever system called “Pre-Sense Rear” which warns other motorists if they’re going to plow into the back of the Q7.
There are also LED headlamps, adaptive air suspension and special e-Tron design details.
Inside there’s Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, Google Earth and Google Search, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, AN 180w stereo, a high speed 4G internet connection all displayed via Audi’s MMI infotainment system and an 8.3 inch high definition screen.
The Audi Q7 e-Tron will be priced from $139,900 when it goes on sale in January 2018.