The Audi e-Tron family is getting bigger, at least according to CarAdvice who says that the German manufacturer will build an electrified Q7 e-Tron. Same Australian website says that the new model will be shown before the current model will be replaced in 2015.
For those who don’t know, the e-tron story began with the Audi R8 e-Tron, but the model was axed back in May as the German carmaker announced that it will not produce it as it is not satisfied by the technology incorporated in the batteries and due to high costs. After this model, Audi presented the A1 e-Tron Concept and then the production A3 e-Tron.
The last model is powered by a 1.4-liter petrol engine which delivers 150 hp as well as by an electric motor developing 100 hp. Audi says that the A3 e-Tron has a fuel consumption of just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km. Regarding the Q7 e-Tron, Audi’s managing director in Australia, Mr. Andrew Doyle didn’t give any details about the powertrain combination which the big SUV will use.
The new Audi Q7 has a design that exudes both power and presence. This large sports utility vehicle is provided with a coupé-like roofline, curved panel surfaces and the low window strip. It also comes with sporty yet elegant outlines.
In terms of dimensions, the Audi Q7 measures 5.09 meters (16.70 feet) in length, 1.98 m (6.50 ft) in width and 1.74 m (5.71 ft) in height, with a wheelbase of 3 m (9.84 ft).
Its front end is defined by a large singleframe grille with chromed surround as flanked by elegant headlamps. Audi is offering, as an option, xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights and LED flashers. Also offered as an option are adaptive headlamps with integrated turning and cornering lights. These headlights also feature low, full and highway beams. On the rear, the new Q7 is marked by taillights that employ LED units as well as by a tailgate wrapping around the rear roof posts in an S-shaped outline.
Interestingly, the bonnet and the front fenders of the new Q7 are made from aluminum. As standard, the add-on parts are finished in contrasting color, although they could be optionally colored the same as the body. Although the new Audi Q7 is usually presented with a high-gloss package, it could be optionally availed in black styling package or in the aluminum-look exterior package.
The aluminum-look exterior package includes an all-round chrome trim strip on the bumpers, door handles and door capping strips. For those seeking to make their Q7 sportier than usual, they could avail of the optional S line exterior package.