The second-generation Audi Q7 has been a big hit in all markets so far, with the new luxury SUV helping Audi reach record sales figures for the brand. The new Audi Q7 pushes the envelope for luxury and technology and is groundbreaking in its segment. The Q7 e-tron TDI will be no different, as it breaks new ground fro plug-in hybrid SUVs. This new hybrid SUV will go on sale in Europe this summer, but orders will start being taken at the beginning of March.
The Audi Q7 TDI will be the only diesel plug-in hybrid SUV on the market, which goes to show that Audi isn’t backing down from diesel technology despite its recent controversy. It also sets the standard for power and performance in its segment, packing a combined system power (both the 3.0 TDI V6 and electric motor combined) of 373 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is far more than its closest competitor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e. This allows the Q7 e-tron TDI to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds while also being able to use just 1.8 liter of fuel per 100 km (130.7 US mpg). That’s incredibly impressive. The Q7 e-tron can also drive up to 56 km (34.8 miles) on electric power alone from its 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery.
In Germany, the standard items also include a charging cable for public charging stations and a charging cable that not only features power connections for domestic and industrial sockets, but also contains a graphic display. Thanks to the new two?phase charging technology, full charging from an industrial socket with an output of 7.2 kW only takes around two and a half hours. That is an outstanding figure for this class.
The standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump has been specially developed for the plug-in hybrids of the Q7 family. Audi is the first manufacturer in the world to market this technology. This represents another benchmark achieved by the brand in terms of electric range, interior comfort and climate control efficiency.
The Audi connect module links the Q7 e-tron quattro to the Internet via the high-speed LTE standard. A new standard feature is the “Audi connect safety & service”. With the Audi connect e-tron services and the Audi MMI connect app, a smartphone can be used to remotely control the charging process and interior climate control, and to access data relating to previous journeys.
The Audi Q7 e-tron TDI Quattro will start at 80,500 euros ($88,554), However Audi estimates that around the 7,000 euros woth of options that most people equip will already be standard on the Q7 e-tron, such as LED headlights, MMI Navigation Plus and the Virtual Cockpit. First orders will be taken early in March but the Q7 will hit European dealerships this summer with US dealers will have to wait until late this year or early next year.