The 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI is the first V6 diesel-powered plug-in model with a permanent AWD system in the world. In a bid to cut emission levels, Audi is also warming up to hybrids and electric vehicles. However, unlike the regular models which help buyers reduce their spending on fuel, this model is not targeted to such buyers. Rather, the model is targeted to those eco-sensitive buyers looking for a frugal model but without compromising their comfort and luxury standards. Read along for more details.
2017 Audi Q7 e-tron – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
The exterior styling of the new 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI looks more appealing than that of the outgoing model. The exterior styling is borrowed from the new Audi A4. Despite the new redesign, the model retains its aggressive stance. The vehicle is based on the MLB platform which has translated to a reduced curb weight. In fact, the automaker has managed to cut 700 lbs from its curb weight. At the front, the Audi SUV will feature a redesigned grille which is flanked a pair of revised LED headlights. The LED lights are also used at the rear for its taillights. Other modified features include a larger square fender and chrome skid plates. The vehicle rides on a set of new 20-inch aluminum wheels.
The cabin of the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI will be excellently designed, as are all Audi models. The vehicle will accommodate five passengers on two rows of seats, unlike the non-hybrid Q7 models. This is because the battery pack is placed behind the rear wheels. The seats are upholstered in premium leather, they are also heated, ventilated and offer a massaging function. The driver’s and front passenger’s seats are power adjustable. At the front, the dashboard features a combination of carbon-fiber and wood finish which gives it a premium look. As you would expect, the vehicle will feature the latest technological features. Among others, the vehicle will feature an infotainment system with a large screen. 4G LTE, WiFi connectivity, a virtual cockpit system, a dynamic driving mode as well as a PEA system are among the array of technologies on offer. The 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron also features a heat pump which draws heat from the engine and uses it to warm the cabin.
2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI – Engine and Performance
The 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI will be motivated by a hybrid drive-train as earlier mentioned. The unit is composed of a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine and a 94 kW electric motor which produce a total of 373 hp (275 kW) and 516 lb-ft of torque. The drive-train is paired with n 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all wheels. The drivetrain powers the vehicle to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 140 mph. The vehicle also features a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery which stores extra power. The battery pack is located behind the second row of seats meaning there won’t be a third row of seats. In the EV mode, the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI is rated with a range of 34.8 miles (NEDC) which translates to around 25 miles in American testing. A standard charger takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to replenish the battery when it is fully depleted. To further improve its fuel efficiency, the Audi Q7 e-tron TDI 2017 also features a Predictive Energy Assistant technology.
2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI – Price and Release Date
Audi has not revealed the price of the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI. According to rumors, this model may arrive before the end of this year (2016) or early next year. Similarly, the automaker has not announced its official prices. However, the vehicle will likely have a starting price of around €80,500 equivalent to $88,000. The model will face competition from the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. As I said earlier, the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron TDI is not for the regular families looking for a fuel-efficient SUV.