The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro sets new standards with its plug-in hybrid technology and quattro drive; it has a system power output of 275 kW (373 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque. Audi developed the large SUV specifically for the Asian markets of China, Singapore and Japan.
The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is the world’s first plug-in hybrid car to combine a TFSI engine with quattro all-wheel drive. Its system power output of 270 kW (367 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque let it accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.9 seconds and continue up to a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph). Based on the Chinese standard for plug‑in hybrid vehicles, the large SUV has an NEDC fuel consumption of just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (94.1 US mpg) (less than 60 grams CO2 per km [96.6 g/mi]). This figure also positions Audi at the top of the competition.
Like all Audi hybrid models, the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro has also been designed as a parallel hybrid. Its 2.0 TFSI, a highly efficient four-cylinder latest generation engine, delivers 185 kW (252 hp) of power and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque. Active engine mounts utilize targeted counterpulses to eliminate undesirable vibrations.
The disk-type electric motor has a power output of 94 kW and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. It is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic together with a decoupler. The automatic transmission is outstanding in terms of its high efficiency and low weight. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system distributes the power to all four wheels. During fast cornering, its center differential works closely with the wheel-selective torque control system, an intelligent software feature.
53 kilometers (32.9 mi) of electric range: best in the segment
The lithium-ion battery consists of 168 high-performance battery cells and is fluid-cooled. With an energy capacity of 17.3 kWh, it enables a driving range of 53 km (32.9 mi) in electric mode (based on the measurement method specified in China for plug-in hybrid vehicles) – which is another record in the segment. The total range with the TFSI engine is 1,020 km (633.8 mi).
Another efficiency measure is the standard thermal management system that was specially developed for the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro. It integrates a heat pump that utilizes heat rejected by the electric drive components.
At low temperatures, it heats the interior faster and more efficiently than a conventional solution. This boosts the car’s electric driving range by up to 20 percent. Audi is the world’s first manufacturer to introduce this technology in a production plug-in hybrid model.
The new two-phase charging technology in the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro models permits charging with 7.2 kW of electrical power. When plugged into a high-performance industrial socket, full charging takes around two and a half hours.
Maximum efficiency: hybrid management
The hybrid management system controls the operating states of the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro intelligently, flexibly and with high efficiency. The driver can choose between four modes. The EV mode prioritizes electric driving, while in hybrid mode the choice of drive sources is essentially made by hybrid management. In battery hold mode, the system stores the available electrical energy, and charges the battery in battery charge mode.
The large SUV generally starts in electric mode. To activate the TFSI, the driver has to press down beyond a certain point of resistance on the active accelerator pedal – another innovation from Audi. The point at which the resistance occurs is based on the requirements of the hybrid management system. A pressure point must also be overcome for boosting, in which both the engine and electric motor work together.
When hybrid mode is active and the eight-speed tiptronic – with the integrated electric motor – is in the D selector position, the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro switches over to coasting mode when the driver releases the accelerator pedal. The TFSI and electric motor are then deactivated. When driving in the S selector position and battery charge mode, energy recovery begins as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal. The driver can choose the degree of recuperation in stages via the shift paddles on the steering wheel. In everyday driving, the most braking actions are also handled by the electric motor. The hydraulic wheel brakes are not used until moderate braking deceleration is needed.
The standard MMI navigation plus system is closely integrated into the hybrid management system in the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro. In hybrid mode, the system uses navigation data to choose the most fuel-efficient drive system strategy for getting to the preselected destination, even over long distances.
Features: typical top model
The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro comes with the standard features of a top model. Its special features include the Audi virtual cockpit, MMI navigation plus with online updates of the navigation map, MMI touch, 19-inch wheels and automatic climate control with a heat pump. Optional features for the large SUV include a head-up display, tinted privacy glazing and a panoramic glass sunroof. If desired, the driver and front passenger can sit on climate-controlled, customized contour seats with a massage function.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.