Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro launched in Geneva

The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro has made its world debut this week at the 85th Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. There’s not much to talk about in terms of design as the full-size crossover looks just about the same as the conventional-powered Q7, with the exception of the front fascia which now adopts a slightly different grille and tweaked air intakes. Moreover, the car has gained a new rear diffuser and more aerodynamically efficient 19-inch alloys while inside the cabin there’s a digital instrument cluster and a MMI navigation plus system as standard.

There’s also a hybrid management system which uses the data provided by the navigation as well as real-time traffic information to select the most efficient mode available based on the road conditions. The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro also benefits from an electromechanical power steering system as well as from a thermal management system with a built-in heat pump which transfers heat from the car’s electrical drive components to the interior as a measure to boost efficiency.

What really sets this version apart is the plug-in hybrid powertrain encompassing a six-cylinder TDI 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine working together with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. It provides the crossover with a combined output of 373 HP and 700 Nm which is enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 6 seconds and a 225 km/h top speed.

The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro will consume just 1.7 liters / 100 km and should be able to travel for up to 56 km running solely on electric power while the overall range stands at a whopping 1,410 km. A full refill of the battery pack will take about two and a half hours when using a rapid charger.

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Audi says the model is scheduled to go on sale this spring, with pricing to be announced in a short while.

Adrian Padeanu

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