New hybrid SUV, 2016 Audi Q7 e-tron. Largest Audi’s crossover Q7 has finally entered its second generation after full 10 years. Full-size vehicle thus comes refreshed with slightly changed design, but most importantly, now offers a plug-in hybrid version as well. 2016 Audi Q7 e-tron is, however, different than expected as it packs quite an unconventional hybrid powertrain.
Under the Hood
It combines 3.0L turbo diesel V-6 engine which develops 258 horses by itself with an electric motor integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission. Thus the full-sizer generates as much as 373 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque. Furthermore, plug-in model is faster off the mark than any of its conventional siblings with its 0 to 60 time in 6 seconds flat. Add to this a top speed of 140 mph and you’ll see how good it does perform; we are talking about full-size, three-row crossover here, remember?
|Type||3.0 TDI V-6 diesel|
|Electric motor||94 kW|
|Electric torque||258.1 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)|
Design – Inside and Outside look
Overall design language still stands as Q7 remains similarly executed, but aesthetic changes are clearly visible, not to mention those behind the mask. All conventional models have shed more than 700 pounds thanks to the use of lightweight materials in car’s construction. Even though e-tron models are heavier than that, they are still lighter than outgoing models.
|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)|
Even though lighter, and basically unchanged (size wise), 2016 Audi Q7 e-tron still looks longer and wider. This was accomplished by intelligent use of visual tricks like a side stripe between the wheels or new, hexagonal grille. Both fascias are now sharper, but this especially goes for the rear one which is now fully revised.
Even though measurements have remained the same, Q7’s cabin has become more spacious. An inch more here and there might not seem like a large difference, but it can be felt nevertheless. No need to mention that comfort remains top class. All models offer premium leather upholstery and new, more angular dashboard is now adorned with aluminum and leather covers. 12.3-inch instrument cluster display is customizable, and 7-inch popping, dash-hidden tablet-like display serves as infotainment hub.
Apart from these, e-tron Q7 offers plenty other tech upgrades we’re becoming more and more accustomed seeing like 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection and MMI touch pad controller. Even couple of 10.1-inch tablets can be ordered to serve as rear seat entertainment system interfaces. Naturally, safety features are rich as well as the crossover offers a rearview camera, lane-departure warning system, blind-spot warning system and adaptive cruise control.
2016 Audi Q7 e-tron Price
Being able to travel a whole 34 miles on electricity alone, 2016 Audi Q7 e-tron promises to be a great choice for large families. Even though official numbers are still undisclosed at this point, e-tron should easily lead the pack when it comes to fuel efficiency. It will also lead the pack in price tag as it probably won’t be available for less than $60,000 or more.
The major competitors are: 2016 BMW X5 EDrive and 2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
2016 Audi Q7 e-tron is definitely a move in the right direction. Germans decided to combine European diesel engine with electric motor in order to achieve a hybrid performance unparalleled so far. Crossover doesn’t only look good, but performs more than admirably as well which is always a plus.