The all-new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor and became the world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with Quattro drive. According to the manufacturer, the vehicle uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor that produce a total output of 373 hp (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
According to Audi, the diesel engine produces 258 hp (190 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, while the disk-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The hybrid system is able to push the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, while top speed is 225 km/h or 139.8 mph.
Moreover, the Q7 e-tron offers an all-electric range of up to 56 kilometres (34.8 miles). What’s more impressive is that according to ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro will need only 1.7 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km (138.4 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are less than 50 grams per km.
The electric range is provided by the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery that consists of 168 high-quality battery cells, which are fluid-cooled. With a capacity of 17.3 kWh, the battery helps the Q7 e-tron Quattro achieve a total range of 1,410 km (876 miles).
Another highlight of the vehicle includes the standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump, specially developed for the Q7 e-tron Quattro, which uses the head from the electrical drive components and makes it available for the interior.
Audi says that its plug-in hybrid SUV features a new two-phase charging technology that allows charging with up to 7.2 kW of power.
Depending on the charging cable, full charging of the battery takes about two-and-a-half hours. The Q7 e-tron Quattro generally starts in electric mode and to activate the TDI engine, the driver needs to press down on the active accelerator pedal beyond a certain point of resistance.
When it comes to design, the Q7 e-tron Quattro features a deeply sculpted Singleframe grille, 19-inch wheels, air intakes and a rear diffuser specifically designed for this model, while the headlights are three-dimensional, with their light signature appearing as a double arrow.
Drag coefficient is only 0.34. Inside, we find the Audi virtual cockpit, which replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a display having a 12.3-inch diagonal. The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro will arrive at dealers in Germany in the spring of 2016.