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Audi Q7 E-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro Combines Diesel Hybrid Tech and Luxury

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/3/2015 Erick Ayapana

Audi is no stranger to diesel hybrid technology, as proven by the R18 e-tron. While not as extreme as that race car, the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro, which debuts at the 2015 Geneva motor show, will stand out in the luxury crossover segment thanks to its diesel, plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The hybrid combination starts with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that pumps out 258 hp and a healthy 443 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the electric motor (housed within the eight-speed automatic gearbox) makes 126 hp and 258 lb-ft and gets is power from a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is enough for a claimed 34.8 miles of zero-emissions driving. Audi claims the Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro will return 138 mpg, though we should note that the lofty number is based on the European test cycle.

Performance numbers are respectable and include an estimated 0-62 mph time of 6 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph.

Audi Q7 e Tron TDI Quattro© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Q7 e Tron TDI Quattro

The Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro features active engine mounts to help with engine noise and refinement, while an active accelerator pulses and provides resistance to coach the driver into driving more efficiently.

Audi says the Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro will reach German dealerships by spring of next year, though it hasn’t confirmed when or if the diesel-powered hybrid will make it to the U.S.

Source: Audi

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