Audi has released complete details of the 2016 Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid SUV which boasts of a highly impressive fuel efficiency and CO2 figures. The 7-seat luxury car packs in a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and an electric motor.
The combined output stands at 373 PS and 700 Nm of torque which is good enough to propel the new Q7 e-tron from rest to ton in just 6.0 seconds with a top speed of 225 kmph. The strong performance doesn’t come at the cost of fuel efficiency as the car is claimed to deliver a mileage of 58.8 kmpl (1.7L/100 km). The CO2 emission stands at an equally impressive 46 g/km. Four driving modes are on offer – EV, Hybrid, Battery Charge and Battery Hold.
The Q7 e-tron can use its 126 PS/350 Nm motor for a pure-electric drive of 56 km. The battery pack can be fully charged from an industrial outlet in under two-and-half hours. With a 75 litre fuel tank, the hybrid SUV has a total range of 1,400 km.
In terms of features, the MMI infotainment system incorporates additional functions to monitor and manage the hybrid powertrain. The navigation system is configured in such a way to plan the most fuel efficient route to the destination. The system also monitors the traffic condition up to 3 km ahead and advises the driver on when to lift off the throttle. Audi has also installed an innovative heat pump which collects the wasted heat energy from the electronic components and use it to heat the interior.