The revised Audi Q7 doesn’t just bring the brand’s SUV in line with the rest of the range in terms of design, it also introduces a new plug-in hybrid powertrain offered in two power outputs: the Q7 55 TFSIe and the Q7 60 TFSIe.
At its heart, the new plug-in hybrid Audi Q7 is using the company’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine, which produces 335 HP (340 PS) and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. Combined with an electric motor, the system output for the Q7 55 TFSIe is set at 375 HP (381 PS) and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) while the more powerful Q7 60 TFSIe offers 450 HP (456 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm).
The electric motor is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic transmission while a liquid-cooled 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides the necessary electric energy. Audi claims that both plug-in hybrid models offer a pure electric driving range of up to 26.7 miles (43 km) on the WLTP cycle.
When in boost mode, the 2020 Audi Q7 60 TFSIe is capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds (55 TFSIe : 5.9 seconds) and of a 155 mph top speed (250 km/h). Drivers can use the electric motor alone to reach speeds of up to 84 mph (135 km/h).
Fuel economy is rated at a combined 94 mpg UK (3lt/100km), with CO2 emissions set between 64 and 69g/km.
Audi’s latest PHEV model comes with an advanced hybrid management system that starts the vehicle in the fully electric ‘EV’ mode. In addition, the ‘Hybrid’ mode offers two options: “Auto” and “Hold”, with the former choosing which mix of petrol/electric power to use when the route guidance is selected, saving most of the electric power for driving within the city and in heavy traffic. If you choose “Hold”, then the battery’s existing level is retained, thanks to the onboard brake energy recovery system, to use it when preferred.
The hybrid system also features the so-called “freewheeling”, which switches the engine off and recuperates the kinetic energy back to the battery; Audi claims that the system can recover up to 25 kW of power this way.
Audi plans to launch no less than five new plug-in hybrid models in Europe by the end of this year, including the Q7, Q5, A8, A6 and A7 Sportback.