In addition to its fully-electric e-tron models, Audi is starting to roll out some new plug-in hybrid models as well, dubbed “TFSI e”. It all started with the A8 TFSI e, a hybrid version of the brand’s most luxurious car. That car was followed by the Audi Q5 TFSI e. Now, we have the all-new Audi Q7 TFSI e Quattro, the latest hybrid luxury vehicle from the Four Rings.
Based on the newly facelifted Audi Q7, the TFSI e model is actually quite interesting. Obviously, it’s a hybrid, so it packs an internal combustion engine along with an electric motor and some batteries. So it’s more efficient than standard Q7 models. However, it also looks sportier than the standard car.
On the outside, the new Audi Q7 TFSI e looks more aggressive than the regular Q7, thanks to its gloss black accents, bit wheels and contrasting black mirror caps. It also seems to have some new real-ish looking exhausts in the rear bumper but they’re most likely fake, too. Still, it’s a good looking car and, in this spec, looks better than the regular Audi Q7 Facelift.
It isn’t any changed on the inside, though. So it still gets the same interior as the standard Q7 facelift, which is very similar to that found in the Q8 and A8. That means it gets Audi’s new Touch Response MMI system and dual-touchscreen setup. It looks as good as ever but isn’t any different because it’s a hybrid.
Speaking of its hybrid nature, the Audi Q7 TFSI e is actually a bit of an interesting hybrid in the Audi lineup, being that it actually has two different hybrid powertrain setups. So there will be two different power options for the hybrid Q7; the Audi Q7 55 TFSI e and the 60 TFSI e.
Both cars will get the same basic powertrain, with a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 making 250 kW (335 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. That engine is paired with an electric motor and a 17.3 kWh battery pack. However, where the two powertrains differ is in their electric motor power.
The lesser model, the Audi Q7 55 TFSI e, will get a combined 280 kW (375 hp) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of power. While the more powerful Q7 60 TFSI e will get 335 kW (449 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of combined system power. That makes the ’60’ model one of the most powerful SUVs in the entire Audi lineup. Though, it’s not too much faster than its less-powerful sibling to 60 mph, doing the sprint in 5.7 seconds while the ’55’ model takes 5.9 seconds.
Both Audi Q7 TFSI e models get an all-electric range of 43 km (26 miles), which isn’t bad in the industry, especially for such a big, heavy SUV.
There’s also the typical suite of Audi drive modes, such as Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency, Individial, Allroad and Offroad. Now, though, there’s also an “EV Mode”, which will keep the car using only its batteries for as long as possible.
This new Audi Q7 TFSI e actually looks like a good car, one that packs good looks, a great interior, surprising power and performance and an all-electric range. We don’t have any word that it will come to America, and we doubt it does, but we do hope to see it on this side of the Atlantic.