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02-01-2020 | Plug-in Hybrid | News | Article

Audi Gives SUV Q7 a Plug-In Hybrid Drive

Author:
Patrick Schäfer
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The Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro combines a 3-litre V6 four-stroke spark-ignition engine with a powerful electric motor. The SUV with plug-in hybrid drive is available in two different power ratings. 

The electric SUV Audi Q7 has had the abbreviation TFSI e added to its name to denote the plug-in hybrid drive. Its 3-litre V6 four-stroke spark-ignition engine with turbocharging provides 250 kW (340 HP) of power and provides a maximum torque of 450 N m. The permanent magnet synchronous motor with a top performance of 94 kW and a torque of 350 N m is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic gearbox. This directs the power from the engine and the motor to all four wheels via the quattro four-wheel-drive system. 

The two power ratings can be differentiated on the basis of their boost strategy, amongst other things. The Q7 55 TFSI e quattro provides a system performance of 280 kW (381 HP) and a system torque of 600 N m. The Q7 60 TFSI e quattro has a system performance of 335 kW (456 HP) and a system torque of 700 N m. Both versions can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h during fully electric driving, the top speed being 240 km/h.

Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro has an electric range of 43 km

The lithium-ion battery, located under the boot floor, has 168 prismatic cells and provides a capacity of 17.3 kW h. This enables a fully electric range of 43 km in the WLTP. Hybrid mode has two operating modes, 'Auto' and 'Hold'. In the former, the predictive operating strategy tries to travel as far as possible on electric power and to completely use up the available battery power to reach the end destination, whilst 'Hold' maintains the available charge in the battery so that it can be used at a later point for fully electric driving. In addition, the SUV can 'glide' and recuperate when the engine is switched off. Audi estimates the power recuperated through braking to be 80 kW.

The hybrid Q7 can be charged using the standard mode 3 cable with a type 2 connector. Customers can use the myAudi app to check battery and range status, start the charging process and programme the charge timer. The Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro is the fifth model on the market to have a plug-in hybrid drive, along with previous models Q5, A8, A6 and the A7 Sportback.

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