More details of the new Q7 e-tron have been revealed at the Geneva motor show, with Audi show casing plug-in diesel-electric technology in a production car for the first time. The seven-seat SUV is claimed to deliver a total range of up to 876 miles, thanks to an official fuel economy figure of 166.2mpg.
All set to go on sale in the UK at the end of 2015, the Q7 e-tron includes quattro technology and will be the first in a series of new Audi models to receive the newly developed plug-in diesel-electric hybrid system.
The technology is based around the familiar turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 common-rail diesel, delivering 254bhp and 442lb ft of torque. It has been paired to an electric motor in the front section of the Q7 e-tron’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, developing 126bhp and 258lb ft. Together they provide a combined system output of 368bhp and 381lb ft – sufficient, according to Audi, to propel it from 0-62mph in 6.0sec with a 140mph top speed.
The Q7 e-tron quattro’s CO2 emissions is just 50g/km, making is road tax excempt in the UK. Energy for its electric motor is provided by a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery within the floor of the boot . Along with the combined diesel-electric range of 876 miles, Audi is also claiming an all-electric range of 34 miles, similar to the new A3 e-tron.
Prices and full specifciation will be announced later in the year.