Audi Q7 e-tron Revealed In Geneva: 35 Miles EV Range, 516 lb-ft Of Torque – Stats, Pics & Videos

MAR 3 2015 BY JAY COLE 18

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro Is Revealed In Geneva

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro Is Revealed In Geneva

Audi has finally, fully revealed its plug-in, extended range SUV today in Geneva – and the images, videos (and numbers) look pretty good to us.

Audi Q7 e-tron Can Travel A Long, Long Way Using Both Electricity And Diesel

Audi Q7 e-tron Can Travel A Long, Long Way Using Both Electricity And Diesel

Officially known as the “Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro” (woof), the company says the EV is capable of travelling in all-electric mode for 56 kilometers, or 34.8 miles) via a 17.3 kWh battery. We should note this is a NEDC rating, so we are comfortable putting a “real world” (EPA) range estimate on the car of about 25 miles.

The vehicle charges via “new two-phase charging technology” or in other words a maximum of 7.2 kW, meaning a full charge of the battery takes 2.5 hours.  No quick charging option is available.

As for efficiency, Audi states the Q7 e-tron will only consume 1.7 liters of diesel for every 100 kilometers (or 118 MPGe in the US).  Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 5.7, or 28.3 – 41.3 US mpg.

Total range of the vehicle is stated at 1,410 kilometers (876 miles) – bladder control specialists rejoice!

Windmills Not Included

Windmills Not Included

Audi states that the plug-in Q7 will touch 100km/h  (62 mph) from zero in six seconds – pretty decent for a land whale of this girth.  CO2 emissions are rated at under 50 grams per kilometer.

Top speed is 140 mph, powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine and an electric motor; good for a combined output of 368 horsepower (373PS) and 516 lb-ft of torque (700Nm).

Special bonus: The lithium battery has a fluid-cooled thermal management system and Audi has developed an exclusive integrated heat pump for the plug-in Q7.

The Audi Q7 e-tron arrives first in Europe for Spring of 2016, with the US to follow (no ETA given from the Geneva show).

Full press release, in an incredibly long and wordy format like only Audi can provide, is found below.

A Look Inside The Audi Q7 e-tron

A Look Inside The Audi Q7 e-tron

Full Audi Press Release below:

Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-tron

Great class, minimal emissions –
the new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

  • First diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro drive in its segment
  • Best value in the segment: up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) electric range
  • Maximum efficiency with hybrid management

It accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in six seconds, and yet consumes not even two liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (117.6 US mpg). The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is sporty, comfortable and at the same time highly efficient. The world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with quattro drive, it is also the first plug-in hybrid with a diesel engine from Audi.

The Q7 e-tron quattro is Audi’s second model with a powerful plug-in hybrid drive system. The model combines the best of two worlds: Powered by the lithium-ion battery, the large SUV covers up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) on electric power alone – quietly, powerfully and with zero local emissions. Together with the diesel engine, the car can cover a total distance of 1,410 kilometers (876.1 mi).

Sporty power and minimum consumption
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is the world’s first plug-in hybrid car with a six-cylinder diesel engine and permanent all-wheel drive. Its sporty power is impressive: The 3.0 TDI and electric motor deliver 275 kW (373 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.0 seconds and for a top speed of 225 km/h (139.8 mph). The Q7 e-tron quattro travels up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) on electric power alone. According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro needs only 1.7 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers (138.4 US mpg) – with a CO2 emission level of less than 50 grams per kilometer (80.5 g/mi) and a new best value in the segment. The standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump was specially developed for the Q7 e‑tron quattro. With this technology, Audi is the first manufacturer worldwide to set a new benchmark in the areas of interior comfort and climate control efficiency.

Audi Q7 E-Tron Arrive Spring 2016

Audi Q7 E-Tron Arrive Spring 2016

Space and comfort: the culture of travel
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro impresses with luxury-class comfort features and the largest interior in its field of competitors, besides other features. The balanced chassis, optionally available with adaptive air suspension, combines excellent ride comfort and distinctly sporty handling. The Audi Q7* sets standards with the display and operating concept of the standard Audi virtual cockpit and a newly developed MMI system.

The standard MMI navigation plus, with Audi connect internet module, is closely integrated into the hybrid management system on the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro. Using navigation data and real-time traffic information, the most fuel-efficient choice of four modes can be calculated along the route to the destination already when the car is started, even for long distances. The predictive efficiency assistant facilitates a forward-looking hybrid strategy, and is another new and breakthrough technology from Audi. Operation via the MMI touchpad or by means of naturally spoken commands provides the utmost convenience.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is a long-distance car with great sporting talent and yet suitable for everyday use. The new electromechanical power steering is highly efficient as well as sensitive. The five-link wheel suspension, also newly developed, on the front and rear axles is lighter by more than 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) compared with the axles on the predecessor model, and greatly contribute to the high driving dynamics. The lowered center of gravity also plays an essential role here.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro
275 kW (373 hp) system output and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) system torque – the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro sets new standards with its plug-in hybrid technology and quattro drive. The large SUV accelerates like a sports car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.0 seconds, but consumes no more than 1.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (138.4 US mpg) in the NEDC cycle – a best value in its class.

The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is the first plug-in hybrid car in the world to combine a six‑cylinder diesel engine with quattro drive. With a system output of 275 kW (373 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) system torque, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 6.0 seconds, and continues up to a top speed of 225 km/h (139.8 mph). According to the relevant standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, however, the large SUV needs no more than 1.7 liters (138.4 US mpg) of fuel in the NEDC cycle (with less than 50 g CO2  per km (80.5 g/mi)). This value too sets new standards.

Like all Audi hybrid models, the Q7 e-tron quattro has also been designed as a parallel hybrid. The 3.0 TDI, a highly efficient latest-generation V6 diesel engine, delivers 190 kW (258 hp) of power and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque. Active engine mounts – a world first for a diesel engine – eliminate unwanted vibrations through selective counter pulses.

The disk-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic. The automatic transmission is outstanding for its high efficiency and low weight. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive, also compact and lightweight, transmits power to all four wheels. During fast cornering, its center differential works closely with the wheel-selective torque control system, an intelligent software feature.

Inside The Audi Q7 e-tron

Inside The Audi Q7 e-tron

56 kilometer (34.8 mi) electric range: best value in the segment
The lithium-ion battery consists of 168 high-quality battery cells and is fluid-cooled. With a capacity of 17.3 kWh, it allows a 56 kilometer (34.8 mi) range in electric mode – another record in the segment. The total range with the TDI engine is 1,410 kilometers (876.1 mi).

Another efficiency component is the standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump, specially developed for the Q7 e-tron quattro. 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. Audi is the first manufacturer worldwide to introduce this technology in series production in a plug-in hybrid and is thus setting new standards in the areas of interior comfort, climate control efficiency and range in EV mode. As well as heating up the interior more quickly, the customer also benefits from a far-reaching electric driving experience.

The new two-phase charging technology installed in the new Q7 e-tron quattro allows charging with up to 7.2 kW of power. Depending on the infrastructure (appropriate high-performance industrial socket) and the charging cable, full charging of the battery takes about two-and-a-half hours. A power charging cable is standard equipment. Audi offers its customers an optional package of e-tron services. They range from changeover to renewably generated electricity (Audi Energy) to installation and customer service. A convenient solution is also provided by the standard e-tron services in the Audi connect portfolio, for controlling functions like charging and air conditioning via smartphone.

Audi Q7 e-Tron With Some More Windmills...of course

Audi Q7 e-Tron With Some More Windmills…of course

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 four modes. The EV mode prioritizes electric driving, while in hybrid mode hybrid management decides on the type of drive for the most part freely. In battery hold mode, the system stores the available electrical energy, and charges the battery in battery charge mode.

The large SUV generally starts in electric mode. To activate the TDI, the driver has to press down on the active accelerator pedal (another innovation from Audi) beyond a certain point of resistance, which depends on the requirements of the hybrid management system. A pressure point must also be overcome for boosting, in which case both the engine and motor work together.

When the hybrid mode is active and the eight-speed tiptronic with integrated electric motor is in shift position D, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro changes to coasting mode once the driver takes his foot off the accelerator. The TDI and electric motor are then deactivated. Should the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro approach a slower vehicle ahead or a traffic circle or the city limit, the coasting mode ends in favor of controlled regenerative deceleration. To detect the traffic situation ahead, the data from MMI navigation plus, the front camera and (if adaptive cruise control is on board) the radar sensors are used.

When driving in shift position S and in the battery charge mode, energy recovery begins as soon as the driver releases the accelerator. The driver can progressively influence the degree of recuperation by operating the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The majority of all brake applications in everyday use also occur via the electric motor. In the event of moderate or sharper deceleration, the hydraulic brakes come into play.

The standard MMI navigation plus is closely integrated in the hybrid management system in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro. Based on the navigation data and real-time traffic information, the most fuel-efficient choice of four modes can be calculated along the route to the destination as soon as the car is started, even for long distances. The predictive efficiency assistant facilitates a forward-looking hybrid strategy, and is another new and breakthrough technology from Audi.

During driving, the predictive efficiency assistant supplies highly precise information on the near surroundings – creating a detailed picture of up to three kilometers (1.9 mi) ahead along the route from the navigation and camera data as well as from the radar information. On approaching traffic signs with speed limits, town signs, bends, traffic circles and intersections, the system visually signals to the driver to release the accelerator pedal. At the same time, the active accelerator pulses once against the sole of his or her foot.

New technologies: top comfort and sporty handling
The new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is a long-distance car with great sporting talent and yet suitable for everyday use. The new electromechanical power steering is highly efficient as well as sensitive. The five-link wheel suspensions, also newly developed, on the front and rear axles are lighter by 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) compared with the predecessor model, and greatly contributes to the high driving dynamics. The lowered center of gravity also plays an essential role here.

Even the basic version of the large SUV rolls along gently and smoothly, while comfort is further enhanced by the optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping. The driver can regulate the mode of operation via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It offers up to seven modes and integrates further technical components such as the steering, accelerator and automatic transmission.

As an all-rounder for leisure, family, sports and business, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro also effortlessly masters easy terrain. A tilt angle display, hill descent control, an off-road mode for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and off-road navigation are standard.

Power and understatement: the design
The design of the new 5.05 meter-long (16.6 ft) Audi Q7* strikes a balance between powerful, intensified stylistic elements and elegant understatement. Details such as the deeply sculpted Singleframe grille, the striking emphasis of the wheels and the flared edges over the wheels – the “quattro blisters” – embody the brand’s DNA. All lines and surfaces are designed precisely and incisively, and accentuate the width and solidity of the car. The tailgate wraps around the steeply angled D-pillars – typical of the Q models from Audi.

The Singleframe, the air intakes, the 19-inch wheels and the rear diffuser are specially designed on the Q7 e-tron quattro. The headlights are three-dimensional, with their light signature appearing as a double arrow.

The body plays a decisive role in the relatively low weight of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro. With its many components made of hot-formed steel and aluminum, it utilizes the same lightweight construction potential as the conventional Q7. The drag coefficient is only 0.34.

Elegant design and top quality: the interior
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro has the most spacious interior in its segment. The three rear seats have adjustable backrests and can be moved fore/aft as desired. The lithium-ion battery is accommodated in a space-saving way: The luggage compartment has a capacity of 890 liters (31.4 cu ft) in its basic configuration, with a maximum of 2,075 liters (73.3 cu ft). An electrically operated tailgate is standard.

Design elements like the wrap-around – the long arc around the driver and front passenger – the trim strips and the panel of air vents emphasize the generosity of the interior. The two-part trim areas allow many individual combinations; the range of upholstery is of luxury-class standard. Numerous materials from the elegant Audi design selection are new to the Q family. The workmanship makes no compromises – typical Audi.

State of the art: operation and displays
A highlight in the Q7 e-tron is the standard Audi virtual cockpit – the fully digital instrument cluster with its 12.3-inch diagonal presents all the important information in fascinating graphics of brilliant quality. The driver can retrieve different levels of information, including specific e-tron displays such as the power meter. The large display makes it possible to switch to a conventional tachometer or to display it simultaneously with the power meter. In addition, the instrument cluster depicts the displays for the energy flow, the range (with numbers and graphs) and the charge level of the battery.

Audi also uses the latest technology from consumer electronics in the area of infotainment. Its main element is the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which utilizes the enormous computing power of the Tegra 30 graphics chip from NVIDIA. Operation is by voice, with the multifunction steering wheel or with the completely newly developed MMI terminal, the MMI touchpad. On request, Audi will integrate the MMI all-in-touch, the touchpad with haptic feedback.

Audi has added specific items to infotainment for displays in electric mode. Consumption statistics are available, for example, along with a graphic display of the electric range in the navigation map. Charging as well as the preliminary air conditioning can also be time-controlled and adapted to the customer’s requirements, such as departure time, so as to save resources and costs.

The standard Audi connect component links the Q7 e-tron quattro to the internet using the fast LTE standard – another unique selling point of the large SUV. Passengers can surf and email with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot, while the driver can make use of numerous new online services and apps in the car. The additional elements are also highly attractive – the Audi tablet, which serves as Rear Seat Entertainment, the 3D sound systems from Bose and Bang & Olufsen and the new Audi phone box that inductively charges cell phones.

The equipment: typically top of the line
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro comes with the standard equipment of a top model. Its special features include the Audi virtual cockpit, MMI navigation plus, predictive efficiency assistant and 19-inch wheels. The automatic air conditioning is also a tailored solution. It operates in unison with a heat pump that utilizes the waste heat of the electrical drive components for the thermal management. As an important efficiency element, it is another great innovation in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro, heating up the interior faster at low temperatures, for example, to extend the electric range by up to 20 percent.

The options for the large SUV include a head-up display, tinted privacy glazing and a panoramic glass sunroof. If desired, the driver and front passenger can sit on climate-controlled customized contour seats with massage function.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro also sets standards in assistance systems. New, for example, are collision avoidance assist, turn assist, cross-traffic assist and trailer assist. The adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist takes over the steering from the driver on well-paved roads at speeds of up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph) if the traffic is slow-moving. In combination with the predictive efficiency assistant, speed is automatically adjusted when entering built-up areas and to observe speed limits as well as on bends and at intersections, once again using the coasting mode.

The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro will arrive at dealers in Germany in the spring of 2016.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 5.7 (28.3 – 41.3 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 193 – 149 (310.6 – 239.8 g/mi)**

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

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18 Comments on "Audi Q7 e-tron Revealed In Geneva: 35 Miles EV Range, 516 lb-ft Of Torque – Stats, Pics & Videos"

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Great to see an SUV with a real battery. This would be a perfect fit for my wife.

When can we get it in the US? Spring 2016 for Europe, sounds like “early 2017” for the US.

Still have to wait on pricing. Current loaded Q7s look like they are around $70k. Hope they offer a plug-in version with something less than top trim.

No official word yet, but “a short time later” is the scuttlebutt.

“new two-phase charging technology”
Sounds like they just build in two 3.2kW chargers. That would solve some problems in Europe which the Leaf and i3 had. 32 amps on only one phase is problematic in a three phase grid.

SMART ED has an 22kw charger as an option. So the smallest car can charge 22kw where the Q7 can only 7kw. This means Smart is technically far more ahead than Audi 🙂

17.3 kWh with the SMART charger would mean 45 minutes for a full charge. But this is only possible on the SMART.

AUDI = Old fashioned Technology

It isn’t typical for PHEV (with engines) to feature fast-charging. 22kw charging is a lot slower than a diesel pump, and that doesn’t bother me if Audi is getting closer to giving drivers the option of going electric, in daily use.

Yeah, German automakers especially seem to talk all day about things like this but actually say little.

So exactly what is ‘new’ about it?

I was trying to find out what docking station was typically provided for the Mercedes Benz B-Class, but on the American website I can’t find any information. There is all kinds of text, but effectively zero information.

Maybe they figure they sell more cars that way. Doesn’t impress me much.

EDitorial staff:
Please, PLEASE *STOP* quoting such lomng press releases in their entirety instead of a few relevant quotes & a link. Its’ the third time this past week.

A 5-page, 3000-word release is too much, and really doesn’t fit common Web practice & etiquette. This is what hyperlinks were invented for.

Well said.

We love you, Jay, but I’m not a fan of including so much of automakers’ PR fluff.

I could see paying more for German cars if they posed a value that matched their high cost. My dad sold American cars most of his professional life – Buick, Hudson and Cadillac yet yearned his whole life to own “the best” car – the Mercedes. When he retired, he bought a 300S which was the large body with a straight six. From the beginning it was a dog. It had an internal engine flaw that no mechanic could find. It just lacked power and lost steam going up hills and was maybe the worst car he’d ever owned. Lesson learned, today – at 89 years young, he drives Toyotas and a Dodge diesel truck! I had nearly the same experiences, believing as I was raised, that we must forget the atrocities the Germans posed upon the world, plus the shift in power in Eastern Europe brought on when Hitler left the door open to Stalin. Thus, the mess we see there today. Yet bygones be bygones, we must press forward and, after all, those Germans are the best mechanical engineers in the world, right? I discovered that my financial outlays to own “the best” were mainly very costly and… Read more »

So, let me see if I understand this correctly, to protest the atrocities committed during WWII you will only buy vehicles made by a Japanese or Italian company? That makes perfect sense.

@evfitter Soooo – evidently, you missed the entire part about Mercedes being expensive and not-so-superior as once thought? Also – when my dad bought his Dodge, with red-blooded American Cummins diesel – Chrysler was an American company. I never said it was a newer Dodge, did I? Japanese did popularize the hybrid, lest you forget. Over the years I was mesmerized by Mercedes being “the best”, and BMWs being worth the high cost due to some imaginary “Ultimate Driving Machine” marketing…WWII did not stop me from buying German products. It’s Germans today, how they look down their noses at “fat” Americans, I do find offensive. The Tesla is just better than any single thing ever to come out of Germany that wasn’t meant to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans! Name any machine Germany has made that can do what Model S does. Go ahead – I’m waiting. As for nationalism. Yes, I want my nation to prosper and it’s citizens to make rather than take. These days, that is news. It makes me proud it’s not Audi, VW or Ferrari leading the charge to charge. So if I offended you somehow, I guess I cannot help it. I… Read more »

Let’s not us talk about their unfair trade policies and “Japan Is #1” nonsense of the 1980s, mind you. 😉

I couldn’t buy American cars in the 1970’s or ’80s to support shoddy products and overreaching labor unions. I find it exciting today that we are seeing a refreshed GM actually make something ( Volt ) worth getting excited about that outperforms it’s market rivals, and Tesla – which is a complete league of it’s own.

Its probably a better car than the Trabant. Whether it will sell 3,7 million is another question.

The lack of reliability amoungst German automakers is puzzing to this American.

VW used to be good, then horrible, now certain models are good, and certain are still horrible.

So to me, I don’t think I’d gamble on this since historically, its been rather a crapshoot as to whether you’re going to get a reliable car or not.

It’s not puzzling to me… Reliability comes at the expense of performance and vice versa. Bleeding edge features also tend to come at the expense of reliability — they’re incorporated into production before they’ve been sufficiently tested.

Bottom line, a car with a less demanding design, performance- and feature-wise, made in the millions, is likely to be more reliable than a cutting edge one, made in the 10Ks. There’s less opportunity to debug issues with less volume.

VW was reliable when it made mid-range, conservative cars. When it went upmarket, reliability went down.

The other issue is that expensive cars tend to be bought by people who are less sensitive to TCO, and keep the car for only a few years anyway. There’s no incentive to the manufacturer to invest in long-term reliability.

Is the 876 mile total range with NEDEC testing or is that translated to ~EPA numbers?

Does it matter? It might be 700 or 1000 miles.

Only 56km on a 17.3 kWh battery? I hope that’s the total and not the usable capacity, otherwise the consumption would be around 30 kWh / 100km, double what most smaller EVs use (my i3 averages around 14 kWh / 100km) and far more than a Tesla.

17.4kwh a big surprise, that shows little shared with Porsche’s 10.8kwh Cayenne PHEV.

This could mean Audi (and VWG?) are beginning to see the light, of each additional kwh’s ability to eliminate the gas bill. An engine coming on is a loud reminder that your “electric premium” is doing nothing for you. Even if Porsche’s 14 mile EPA range result was kind of weak, in proportion to this bigger storage from Audi, it translates into about 23 miles. 25 makes sense, considering better (wagon’esque) aerodynamics.

At this jump, there’s no question Audi buyers will also get an all-electric-power bonus, as well. The 94kw electric motor is in the hunt for keeping it electric, when you want it.