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New Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro Is the First of Its Kind, Targets China and Japan

With the new Audi Q7, they finally have a suitable SUV to compete on equal footing with the BMW X5. However, the arsenal would not be complete without the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro, revealed today ahead of next weeks Auto Shanghai 2015 event.
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Why? Because the BMW X5 4xDrive40e would otherwise go uncontested. Audi already has an e-tron version of the Q7, but it's powered by the 3-liter TDI engine, while the BMW uses a 2-liter petrol engine. And that's why the new model has been introduced.

This is the first TFSI-Plug-in-Hybrid model with all-wheel drive. Audi has had all-wheel drive hybrid without the socket and cars with external charging, but no all-wheel drive.

But who cares, right? What should be concerned with is the fuel consumption, which in this case stands at 2.5 liters / 100 km (94.1 mpg US or 113 mpg UK), equivalent to CO2 emissions of less than 60 g/km.

Performance is surprisingly good, noticeably better than the A6 L e-tron that was also revealed today. The 2.0 TFSI engine alone produces 252 PS (185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft), while the electric motor has another 128 PS (94 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) to offer. Together, they give you the 367 PS output of an RS3 and the 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of a V8 lump.

Thanks partially to the quattro system, 0 to100 km/h sprints take 5.9 seconds, while the top speed is 137 mph or 220 km/h.

As for fuel economy, Audi says it will do 2.5 liters / 100 km (94.1 mpg US or 113 mpg UK), corresponding to CO2 emissions of less than 60 g/km. Those are, of course, unrealistic numbers. On a full tank of fuel, you should be able to do at least 2,500 kilometers, when the actual range given by the manufacturer is 634 miles (1,020 km).

Still, this is going to be one of the cleanest Audis ever made and the performance is basically the same as any V6 turbo model. Lexus can't yet math any of those numbers and none of their SUVs are plug-in yet. Still, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche all have similar models to the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro, so Audi can't exactly corner the market.

 
 
 
 
 

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