With the Q7 e-tron quattro, Audi presents the world’s first plug-in hybrid model with a six-cylinder TDI engine and quattro drive. The SUV sets standards thanks to 275 kW (373 hp) of system power and 700 Nm
(516.3 lb‑ft) of system torque: It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.2 seconds and consumes not more than a best-in-segment 1.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (130.7 US mpg) in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
The 3.0 TDI, a highly efficient, latest-generation V6 diesel engine, delivers 190 kW (258 hp) of power and 600 Nm (442.5 b‑ft) of torque. The electric motor produces 94 kW of power and 350 Nm (258.1 lb‑ft) of torque. Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic. The automatic transmission boasts high efficiency and low weight. During fast cornering, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive works closely with the wheel-selective torque control, an intelligent software feature. This brakes the inside wheels ever so slightly, thus further enhancing the car’s agility and stability.
56 kilometer (34.8 mi) electric range: best value in the segment
The lithium-ion battery comprises 168 prismatic cells and is liquid-cooled. With a capacity of 17.3 kWh, it allows a 56 kilometer (34.8 mi) range in electric mode in the NEDC – like the fuel consumption another record in the segment. The total range with the TDI engine is 1,320 kilometers (820.2 mi).
The new multi-phase charging technology allows charging with 7.2 kW of power. A full charge on an industrial outlet thus takes less than two-and-half hours. Audi also offers a package of special e-tron services, from switching to green electricity (Audi Energy) to the “Audi Charge&Fuel Card”. With the e-tron services in the Audi connect portfolio, drivers can use their smartphones to control such functions as charging and heating or cooling.
Maximum efficiency: hybrid management
The hybrid management system controls the operating states of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro intelligently, flexibly and with high efficiency. The driver can choose between three modes. “EV” mode prioritizes electric driving, while in “hybrid” mode the decision regarding the drive type is left largely to the hybrid management system. In “battery hold” mode it saves the available electric energy for a later time.
Depending on the driving situation, the SUV can boost, coast and recuperate. During everyday driving, most braking operations use the electric motor, which then works as a generator. The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro normally starts off purely on electric power. When switching into hybrid mode and for boosting, the driver has to depress the active accelerator (another Audi innovation) beyond a certain point of resistance. The position of this pressure point varies depending on the charge state.
According to the standard applicable for plug-in hybrids, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro consumes just 1.8 liters of fuel (130.7 US mpg) in the NEDC, corresponding to 48 grams CO2 per km (77.2 g/mi). The combined system outputs 275 kW (373 hp) and delivers 700 Nm (516.3 lb‑ft) of torque. The SUV thus accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h (142.9 mph).
Global first: the heat pump
One important efficiency component is the specially developed thermal management system with a heat pump. 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 quattro. It heats and cools the interior quickly and effectively. At the same time, the fact that it uses so little energy significantly increases the electric range compared with a conventional electric heating system. Audi is the first manufacturer worldwide to use this technology in a production plug-in hybrid and is consequently setting new standards in the areas of interior comfort and climate control efficiency.
In the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro, the likewise standard MMI navigation plus works closely with the hybrid management system. This makes it possible to use navigation data and real-time traffic information to compute an ideal driving strategy at the start of the trip – even for longer distances.
Underway, the predictive efficiency assistant provides precise near-field information to help the driver save fuel. Using navigation and camera data as well as the information from the radar sensors of the optional adaptive cruise control (ACC), it generates a detailed image of the route up to three kilometers (1.9 mi) ahead. On approaching speed limit signs, town signs, bends, traffic circles and intersections, the system visually signals the driver well in advance to release the accelerator pedal. At the same time, the active accelerator pulses once against the sole of his or her foot.
Extremely versatile: chassis
As an all-rounder for leisure, family, sports and business, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro also effortlessly masters easy terrain. Hill descent control and an off-road mode for the electronic stabilization control ESC are standard. A tilt angle display is standard with the optional air springs.
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro combines comfort with great sporting talent. The electromechanical power steering is sensitive and conserves energy. The five‑link suspensions front and rear are very light and contribute greatly to the outstanding handling characteristics. The low center of gravity and relatively low curb weight also play major roles here. This is due largely to the body with its numerous components of hot-shaped steel and aluminum.
Even the base version of the spacious plug-in hybrid SUV is impressively comfortable. Audi offers an adaptive air suspension with controlled damping as an option. The driver can adjust its characteristic via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It offers up to seven modes and incorporates such things as the engine management system, engine sound, automatic transmission, steering assistance, cruise control, adaptive cruise control (ACC), Matrix LED headlights and ambient lighting.
Making their world premiere in a diesel engine are the active engine mounts in the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro. Utilizing electromagnetic oscillation coil actuators to induce phase-offset counter oscillations, they largely eliminate vibrations. The engine mounts are always active when the combustion engine is running.
Specific details: design
5.05 meters (16.6 ft) in length, the Q7 e-tron quattro combines a powerful, masculine design with elegant understatement. The striking emphasis of the wheels and the edges over the wheels – the “quattro blisters” – clearly illustrate the Audi genes. The tailgate wraps around the steeply raked D-pillars – typical of the brand’s Q models. Hybrid models feature a special design for the sculpted Singleframe grille, the air inlets and the 19- and 20‑inch wheels. Customers can also order illuminated door sill trims with the e-tron logo.
Elegance and quality: interior
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro offers the most spacious interior in its segment. The rear seats have adjustable backrests and can be moved fore/aft as desired. The lithium-ion battery takes up little space. Luggage compartment capacity is 650 liters (23.0 cu ft) and can be expanded to a maximum of 1,835 liters (64.8 cu ft). A power tailgate is standard; gesture control is available as an option.
Interior design elements such as the wrap-around – the long arc around the driver and front passenger – the trim strips and the row of air vents emphasize the generous width. The two-part trim areas allow many individual combinations; the range of upholstery corresponds to the luxury class. The workmanship is of the accustomed high standard.
Tailored: controls & displays
The Audi virtual cockpit is standard in the Q7 e-tron quattro. The all-digital instrument cluster with its 12.3‑inch display presents all key information in top-quality graphics. The driver can call up various levels of information: The Audi virtual cockpit shows the power meter, energy flow, range and battery charge state.
Audi has expanded the infotainment to include essential e-tron displays. For example, fuel economy statistics and a graphic display of the electric range is shown on the navigation map. The driver can program times for charging as well as preheating or cooling and adapt them to his or her requirements, such as departure time, so as to save resources and costs.
This is made possible by the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which uses the high computing power of the Tegra 30 chip from Audi’s partner Nvidia. This chip makes the standard MMI navigation plus extremely powerful. Operation is by voice, with the multifunction steering wheel or with the brand new MMI all-in-touch, the touchpad with haptic feedback.
Audi connect, which is also standard, connects the Q7 e-tron quattro to the internet via the fast LTE standard. With the Audi MMI connect app, the smartphone can be used to remotely control charging and interior heating or cooling, call up the battery status and display data about past trips. Passengers can surf the web and send emails with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot. Also indicative of the brand’s power to innovate are the supplemental components: the Audi tablet for the Rear Seat Entertainment, the sound systems from Bang & Olufsen or Bose with 3D sound and the Audi phone box, which easily connects the cell phone with the car and charges it inductively.
Comfort and safety: driver assistance systems
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro also sets standards in assistance systems. Besides the predictive efficiency assistant, other useful systems for everyday driving include the collision avoidance assist, turn assist, cross traffic assist rear and trailer maneuver assist. The adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist takes over the braking, acceleration and steering from the driver on well-paved roads at speeds of up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph) as long as traffic is slow-moving.
Price: starting at 80,500 euros with significantly extended standard equipment
In Germany, the Q7 e-tron quattro will be available at a base price of 80,500 euros. Compared with the base model, it offers significantly more standard features, valued at around 7,000 euros. These include, for example, MMI navigation plus with MMI all-in-touch, LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, deluxe automatic air conditioning with heat pump and the Audi virtual cockpit.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.