Plug-in hybrid joins Audi Q7 range

Audi Q7 e-tron Geneva 1Audi has unveiled a new Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid in advance of next week’s Geneva Motor Show. UK prices are set to start in the region of £65,000 when the car goes on sale here in May.

Combining a V6 TDI engine with a 94kW electric motor and quattro all-wheel-drive, the Q7 e‑tron 3.0 TDI quattro has 275 kW (369 BHP) of system power and 516.3 lb‑ft of system torque. It accelerates from a standing start to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and returns up to 156.9 mpg based on NEDC test results. The lithium-ion battery can be charged from the socket and stores 17.3 kWh. The electric-only range is expected to be up to 34 miles.

Equipment will include LED headlights, MMI navigation plus with MMI all‑in‑touch, the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit, the Audi smartphone interface embedding Apple Car Play or Google Android Auto functionality in the car’s onboard infotainment system via a compatible connected handset, and Audi connect Internet access.

Audi Q7 e-tron 2The Audi connect module links to the Internet via the high-speed LTE standard, and with the help of the Audi MMI connect app, it enables owners to use a smartphone to remotely control the charging process and interior climate control, and to access data relating to previous journeys.

The standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump has been specially developed for the plug-in hybrids of the Q7 family. This makes it possible for the waste heat from the electrical drive components to be made available to the interior of the Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro. Audi says that it is the first manufacturer to introduce this technology in series production in a plug-in hybrid.

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