Back in 2005, Audi decided it was time to throw its weight around in the full-size SUV market, unveiling the Q7 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The vehicle was made available for purchase later the following year.

Based on the same VW Group PL71 platform as the Vokswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, the Q7 has good roots for offering a premium, luxury ride with ample interior space. It even comes with a dose of SUV-style sportiness for those who like a bit of speed with their size. As Audi’s first SUV, the Q7 has spawned a number of smaller crossovers, including the Q5 and Q3. However, it remains Audi’s head honcho when it comes to crossovers.

Now Audi will offer the Q7 with a TDI plug-in hybrid drivetrain and quattro AWD. The Germans hope to retain the same levels of comfort, style, and speed as can be found in the non-electric variants, but with improved efficiency as well.

Called the Q7 e-tron quattro, this vehicle promises to point the way forward for the brand in terms of electrified drivetrains. Ingolstadt says this vehicle can do it all, but can it really?

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro.

  • 2016 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed tiptronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    373
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    139.8 mph
  • Price:
    55000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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While most Audis take to the road with subtlety and understatement, the Q7 is a bit different. It’s still unmistakably an Audi, with stylistic elements similar to its sedan stable mates, including a single piece front grille, rectangular headlights, and uncluttered lines front to back. But the size of the Q7 adds a layer of boldness that’s uncharacteristic of the marque. It’s not the biggest SUV on the market, at just 16.6 feet in length, but the flared wheels arches and solid proportions still do a good job in making it stand out in a crowd.

Furthering this are a few touches that are unique to the Q7 e-tron quattro. The single-frame grille, air intakes, double arrow headlights, and rear diffuser are reminiscent of other models in Audi’s lineup, but incorporate their own exclusive flair. The 19-inch wheels are also unique to this model.

To keep the weight down, Audi constructed several components from hot-formed steel and aluminum, the same process used in the conventional Q7. The drag coefficient is 0.34, which is actually quite good for a vehicle this size.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 5,050 MM (16.6 ft)
Wheelbase 2,990 MM (9.8 ft)
Width 1,970 MM (6.5 ft)
Height 1,740 MM (5.7 ft)

Interior

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Audi boasts a variety of bests when it comes to features on this new SUV, including the introduction of a new thermal management system with an integrated heat pump designed to regulate interior temperature levels with unprecedented levels of efficiency. Waste heat from the electrical drive components is pumped into the cabin, extending electric range up to 20 percent and keeping passengers comfy. There’s also the standard e-tron services from the Audi connect portfolio that allow for remote operation of electric charging and air conditioning via smartphone.

Audi claims that the Q7 e-tron has the most spacious interior in its segment. The three rear seats come with adjustable backrests and can be moved front to back, while the lithium-ion battery pack has been placed to save space. The luggage compartment can swallow 31.4 cubic feet of stuff in a normal configuration, and up to a maximum of 73.3 cubic feet. An electrically operated tailgate is standard.

Cabin equipment is extensive and advanced. The Q7 e-tron quattro comes with standard MMI navigation plus, which uses the Audi connect Internet module to pull nav data and real-time traffic information, then integrates with the hybrid management system to select the most fuel-efficient choice of four driving modes. A predictive efficiency assistant is there to facilitate, while operation of the system is conducted via touchpad or voice command.

Infotainment features include a second-generation modular platform with an NVIDIA Tegra 30 graphics chip. The Q7 e-tron quattro comes with standard wifi Internet access through LTE. An Audi tablet mounted in the rear helps entertain passengers, while a 3D sound system from Bose and Bang & Olufsen provide the tunes. Mobile phones are saved from death through the Audi phone box inductive charging station.

The Audi virtual cockpit comes standard, with a fully digital gauge cluster set in a 12.3-inch high-resolution display. Information like the power meter, tachometer, energy flow, range, and charge level can all be called up instantly.

In addition to voice command, there’s also a multi-function steering wheel, a newly developed MMI terminal, and MMI touchpad. An “all-in-touch” MMI touchpad with haptic feedback is an available option.

Other options include a heads-up display, tinted privacy glass, and a panoramic glass sunroof. There are also available climate-controlled contour seats with massage function for the front.

Rounding out the automatic features are the driver aids, which include the new collision avoidance assist, turn assist, cross-traffic assist, and trailer assist. There’s also adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist that commandeers steering inputs on well-paved roads at speeds up to 40.4 mph. When used in conjunction with efficiency assist, the system adjusts speed when entering “built-up areas,” observing posted speed limits automatically.

Drivetrain

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Let’s get to the most interesting figures right away: the Q7 e-tron quattro can accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in six seconds. Top speed is 140 mph. The very same vehicle can then go on to achieve 138.4 mpg, while emissions are just 80.5 g/mi. Electric power can provide 34.8 miles of emission-free driving, while the addition of the diesel powerplant extends range to 876.1 miles.

Those are some impressive figures for any hybrid, let alone a massive luxury SUV. The technology behind the numbers is the world’s first plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a six-cylinder diesel engine and permanent AWD. On its own, the 3.0-liter TDI unit makes 258 horsepower and 443 pound feet of torque. When running parallel with the electric motor, total output is 373 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor is integrated with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The legendary quattro AWD system employs lightweight packaging with intelligent torque control for improved cornering grip.

The Q7 e-tron’s VW platform benefits from adaptive air suspension that can be tuned for comfort or performance. Seven driving modes adjust the steering, throttle response, and shifting for any given driving scenario. There’s also a newly developed five-link suspension on the front and rear axles that cuts curb weight by 132.3 pounds. Active engine mounts eliminate unwanted vibrations.

The lithium-ion battery that Audi uses consists of 168 cells that are fluid-cooled. Capacity is 17.3 kWh. The Q7 e-tron uses two-phase charging technology, with a full charge available in only two-and-a-half hours when using the appropriate high-performance outlet. Optional services include changeover to renewable electricity generation, also called Audi Energy.

The four mode hybrid management system maximizes efficiency by intelligently juggling the Q7 e-tron’s various energy sources. Mode types include EV, which prioritizes all-electric driving, hybrid, which switches between all-electric and diesel, battery hold, where the system stores available electrical energy, and battery charge.

The Q7 e-tron starts in EV mode, with the TDI powerplant activating once the driver depresses the throttle past a certain position. The computer management will switch over to coasting as soon as the driver lifts his foot off the accelerator, deactivating the TDI and decoupling the electric motor. If a slower vehicle is detected via the MMI navigation, front camera, or radar sensors, coasting shifts to regenerative braking to top off the batteries.

The predictive efficiency system uses navigation data, input from the front camera, and radar information to create a detailed understanding of conditions nearly two miles down the road. This system will signal the driver with advised throttle inputs based on traffic signs, posted speed limit, and traffic status. It’ll even pulse the pedal to let the driver know he or she should probably release it.

Finally, should anyone decide to tackle the dirt in this thing, there is a standard tilt angle display, hill descent control, an off-road ESC setting, and off-road navigation.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.0 TDI V-6 diesel
Output 258 HP
Torque 442.5 LB-FT
Electric motor 94 kW
Electric torque 258.1 LB-FT
Total output 373 HP
Total torque 516.3 LB-FT
0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) 6.0 seconds
Top speed 225 KM/H (139.8 MPH)
Fuel Economy 138.4 US mpg
Electric range 56 kilometer (34.8 mi)
Total range 1,410 kilometers (876.1 mi)

Prices

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Pricing for the Q7 e-tron quattro has yet to be announced, but considering a top-range Q7 normally runs for around $63,000, I’d expect this technological tour de force to come with a price tag close to the $80,000 mark.

Competition

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

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The idea of a hybrid version of Porsche’s infamous SUV isn’t exactly new, with the original announcement made in 2005. In 2007, Stuttgart brought a functioning version to the Frankfurt Auto Show, with a production version coming hot off the presses in 2010.

The latest version, called the S E-Hybrid, bears the same visual styling as its non-electric counterparts, with four-point LED running lights, triangle headlights, and the traditional Porsche fascia. However, under the hood lies a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 mated to an electric motor to produce 416 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 435 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm. 0-to-60 is accomplished in 5.4 seconds and top speed is rated at 151 mph. Mileage is low compared to the Audi, at only 69 mpg. Inside, there are the usual appointments of Alcantara, leather, and high-grade infotainment.

While quicker than the Audi, the Porsche doesn’t seem to best the Audi in any other aspect. Pricing starts at $76,400.

BMW X5 EDrive

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Concepts, concepts, and more concepts is what we get when looking to BMW for a hybrid version of its X5 SUV. However, prototypes have been spotted out in the wild, and a production version is expected to hit the market sometime this year.

Much like the Audi and Porsche, BMW probably won’t drastically alter the exterior styling of the X5 when designing a hybrid variant, and will instead rely on what’s under the skin to make all the difference. That means behind the kidney grille thumps a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder mated to a single electric motor for a total combined output of 340 horsepower. 0-to-60 happens in seven seconds, while fuel economy is rated at 62 mpg. All-electric driving range is rated at 20 miles.

The rest is standard Bimmer affair, with high-grade leather upholstery and Piano Black interior trim. However, there are a few unique touches, like the blue accents and lighting, and a clear cover for the rear-mounted battery and electric motor.

Conclusion

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In the world of crossovers, buyers want it all. They want something large and comfortable, but quick and nimble as well. They want power, but the also want efficiency. They want road presence, but easy driving.

Audi knows this, and that’s why this Q7 can hit 60 mph in six seconds and get nearly 140 mpg. It’s why it’s stuffed with technology and engineered way beyond the standards of most carmakers.

On paper, it looks like a great trick. The numbers say it really can do it all. However there are a few issues. First is the price. We have yet to learn what the final figure will look like, but all things considered, it won’t be low.

Second is just how complex this thing is to drive. Will an advanced degree be required to actually operate all those gizmos? How much is automatic and how much requires micromanagement to actually render all those min/max figures?

I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro will arrive in German dealerships in the spring of 2016.

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Press Release

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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