audi launches q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-Tron TDI specifications released

Audi has released full specifications for the Diesel plug-in hybrid Audi Q7 etron SUV. The 3.0 diesel engined plug-in hybrid will not be available in North America, but is set to be released in Germany in March 2016.

Pricing will start at €80,500 ($112,339) which puts it right in line with the Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid.

The Q7 eTron uses predictive energy assistant to cut diesel consumption, and uses a heat pump to more efficiently warm the cabin.

Electric range is rated at 55 km from the 173 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Unfortunately the battery pack uses up the space typically for the 3rd row seat, so opting for the plug-in hybrid SUV will limit you to 5 passengers – just like the Outlander PHEV and the BMW X5 eDrive.

Specs:

    • 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6
    • 94 kw electric motor
    • 8 speed automatic transmission
    • Combined output is 373 PS (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque
    • Top speed 225 km/h (140 MPH)
    • 130 mpg combined fuel consumption
    • 55 km (34.8 miles) range on electric only (NEDC)
    • 1,400 km (870 miles) in total range
    • 0-100 km/h (0-62 MPH) in 6.2 seconds
    • 17.3 kWh Lithium ion battery
    • CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km
    • Four hours and 45 minutes to a full charge from a standard outlet
    • Full LED headlamps
    • Virtual cockpit with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and Wi-fi

 

As for the USA release, Audi of America’s senior communications manager said he is confident the Q7 PHEV is coming to the States during the 2018 calendar year, or perhaps even in 2017. Further, Audi hasn’t yet decided on using the 2.0 liter gasoline or 3.0 liter Diesel engine for power.

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