Audi Q7 e-tron confirmed for Australia

Audi Q7 e-tron confirmed for AustraliaPriced from $139,900 plus on-road costs, the Q7 costs more than rival hybrid machines such as BMW’s $118,500 X5 40e and the $124,900 Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e.

Unlike petrol-electric alternatives, the Q7 e-tron is the only diesel-powered hybrid in its class, blending a 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 with an electric motor integrated within its eight speed transmission.

AUDI’S existing Q7 range is not exactly the under-achiever of the four rings fold. Opt for the most powerful six-cylinder and you’ll get a car that can ferry seven people in comfort, crack 0-100km/h in the same time as a mid-1980s Ferrari but uses fewer than six litres of diesel per 100km. Step up to the SQ7 and you have the punch to worry a mid-1990s Prancing Horse while still only consuming 7.2L/100km. But the newest addition to the range sets new power and efficiency standards.

With a full charge, the e-tron’s 17.3kWh lithium ion battery has enough spark to propel the Q7 for up to 56km, and at speeds up to 135km/h, without firing a single cylinder, but it’s far cleverer than that. After plotting a course in the MMI navigation, Audi’s predictive efficiency assistant works out the most efficient way to use the charge in the battery at that point and the result is amazingly effective. If the route will encounter traffic congestion or urban areas, the Q7 saves battery power for those sections of the journey where electric drive makes most sense.

Audi Q7 e-tron confirmed for Australia

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