Audi Q7 E-Tron: First Hybrid Plug-In SUV From The Ingolstadt Manufacturer
|   Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Audi Q7 e-tron is the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the history of the Ingolstadt brand. And not just any hybrid, but one that uses a diesel engine combined with an electric motor and a battery pack. The new e-tron Audi Q7 promises the best figures in its segment in terms of both fuel consumption and range.

For propulsion, the new e-tron Audi Q7 uses a 3.0 liter TDI engine with six cylinders and that delivers a total of 373 hp and 700 Nm of torque, combined with an electric motor.
The power is sufficient for the hybrid SUV to be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in six seconds while the maximum speed is 225 km / h. Despite these impressive figures, Audi says that the average fuel consumption is just 1.7 liters of diesel fuel for the first hundred kilometers traveled after fully charging. With so little fuel consumption the CO2 emissions are extremely low too: only 50 g / km.

The Audi Q7 e-tron has a fully electric mode range of 56 km. To save electricity, the Audi Q7 e-tron uses a lithium ion battery pack made of 168 cells. The battery pack is liquid cooled and has a capacity of 17.3 kWh. The combined range of the new model is 1,410 km.

The hybrid system power is transmitted to both axles through a Tiptronic automatic gearbox with eight reports. It uses the latest supplies such as torque vectoring, and this means a sporty road holding. Those at Audi did not publish the Q7 e-tron's weight but we can expect a bit more weight compared to standard versions due to the battery pack.

The Audi Q7 e-tron has four driving modes, of which the first two are for full electric and hybrid mode. In electric mode, the Q7 e-tron uses electricity stored in the batteries to power the electric motor. If the driver needs more power, the TDI unit kicks in when the accelerator pedal is pressed strongly.

In hybrid mode, the diesel engine works with the electric one to ensure maximum performance. There is also the option to recharge the batteries while driving using the internal combustion unit.

An interesting equipment piece on the new Audi Q7 e-tron it is the thermal control system that can recycle heat from the electrical components during the winter and can be used to heat the interior.

The new Q7 model on which the hybrid is based measures 5,050 mm in length, 1,970 mm in width and is 1,740 mm high, however the new Audi measures 370 mm less and is 15 mm narrower than its predecessor. The wheelbase has likewise been cut down to 2,990mm.

The second generation Q7 is based on a seriously modified version of the MLB platform, which uses a lot of high strength steel and aluminum, all as part of a weight reduction program.

The same platform will be used to underpin the successors to the second-generation Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the new Bentley Falcon.
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