The first-ever Audi Q7 e-tron that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March will be launched in Australia next year. As per the norm, Europe gets the German crossover first and then export markets in other continents.
Like Europe, Australia will also get the diesel-electric plug-in hybrid variant. The e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro (petrol-electric) plug-in hybrid variant is China-exclusive.
When asked about the Australian launch date of the plug-in hybrid variant by Motoring.com.au, Audi Australia Director Andrew Doyle said: “There’s no confirmed date, but it won’t be in the first quarter of 2016.”
The diesel-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Q7 e-tron that will be sold in Australia comprises a 3.0-litre TDI V6 turbo-diesel engine and an electric motor that together produce 275 kW (373 hp) and 700 Nm of torque. The diesel-electric plug-in hybrid crossover has a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of a mere 6.0 seconds, but still offers an impressive fuel economy (NEDC cycle) of 58.82 km/l. It’s CO2 emissions figure is rated at just 50 g/km.
The electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that consists of 168 high-quality battery cells. The battery provides an all-electric range of 56 km and maximises the total range to 1,410 km. The Q7’s Australian specifications will be released closer to launch next year.