If you’re in a hurry and need a hybrid sport utility vehicle that can carry everything from the shopping bags of your wife to bikes for the entire family look no further than the pricey Audi Q7 e-tron.
The German automaker, the second largest luxury carmaker in the world, has announced the price tag for the 2016 Q7 e-tron, at home in Germany costing at least 80,500 euros with deliveries set to begin next spring. The e-tron is virtually indistinguishable from the regular second generation of the large crossover, but adopts a more economical powertrain setup that mixes a diesel engine with an electric motor. The version has the 258 PS & 600 Nm V6 3.0-liter TDI engine mated to the electric motor fed from a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and combined the output reaches 373 PS (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. The jump to 62 mph – 100 km/h – is done in just six seconds and the top speed is of 140 mph (225 km/h) – thanks to the newly developed quattro permanent all-wheel drive system combined with the eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. The figures that everyone will care for when buying this hybrid “beast” concern fuel economy – ECE standards put it at just 1.7 liters / 100 km (138.4 mpg) with CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km.
The lithium-ion battery pack is enough to enable an electric only mode good for as much as 35 miles (56 km) while the total promised range is of up to 870 miles (1,400 km) – meaning the USV will be well prepared to undertake longer journeys. The diesel-electric mix is only offered in Europe, while US and Asian markets will instead receive a smaller 2.0 TFSI engine that combined with the electric motor still delivers a combined 367 PS (270 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).