Diesel power meets plug-in hybrid tech with a dash of AWD in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro

Audi has brought some exciting vehicles to Geneva this year, most of which have been stylish, race-oriented machines that focus on speed. We shouldn’t get too distracted, however, from its more practical offerings, through which the brand still manages to impress. Audi introduces the Q7 e-tron quattro, the world’s first plug-in hybrid with a sic-cylinder diesel engine and permanent all-wheel drive.

The hybrid system of this Q7 is made up of a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 258 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque all on its own. When combined with the electric motor, the power output jumps to 373 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque, giving the sizable SUV the power to spring from 0 to 62 in six seconds flat. Power is distributed to the wheels via the eight-speed tiptronic transmission.

Audi Q7 e-tron quattro

Whats more, all this power comes with a fair bit of savings as well. By consuming just 1.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, this is equates to a 138.4 U.S. mpg rating. When set to just electric power, the Q7 e-tron has a 34.8 mile range with a fully charged up 17.3 kWh battery. When combined, the Audi can travel uninterrupted for 876.1 miles.

To make driving such long distances as tolerable as possible, the Q7 e-tron quattro sports a new electromechanical power steering system that is highly sensitive to inputs. This supports the five-link suspension system the car rides on, which features two redesigned front and rear axles that are 132 pounds lighter than the ones in the previous Q7.

Ride comfort is enhanced by the optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping. This can be regulated by the driver from the Audi drive select system, and has up to seven modes for adjustment, which also include steering, transmission and engine response.

Audi Q7 e-tron quattro

Outside, the Q7 is pretty much from what we’ve seen before. It appears hefty and solid, with an understated, serious presence. Inside, the Audi packs the fully digital 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit digital gauge cluster. From here, they can retrieve all sorts of vehicle info that includes a specific e-tron power meter. This displays the energy flow, range, and the battery charge level. The virtual cockpit, as well as the MMI infotainment platform, is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 30 graphics chip. Naturally, the Q7 provides a spacious interior for passengers, 31.4 cubic feet of luggage space, and adorned in quality touchpoints and materials.

The car will make its way to the UK market towards the end of the year, but Audi has yet to specify where else the Q7 e-tron is specifically heading.


Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.

Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.

Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way (but not far enough)

Many companies talk about self-driving cars, but Lyft and Aptiv are already using a fleet of them to transport paying customers in Las Vegas. Hop in for a close look at the tech of autonomous cars, and the challenges they face.

Michigan OKs digital license plates with Rplate’s connected car platform

The state of Michigan approved the use of digital license plates on motor vehicles registered in the state. Reviver Auto, the manufacturer of the Rplate connected car platform, worked with Michigan's Department of State to pass the bill.

This Chevy Silverado pickup truck is made from more than 300,000 Lego bricks

To promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Lego and Chevrolet teamed up on a life-size replica of the automaker's Silverado pickup truck made from more than 300,000 plastic bricks.

Prices for using Tesla Supercharging just skyrocketed

Tesla is updating their Supercharging pricing based on local electricity rates and customer demand, which has lead to an increase in charging costs by as much as 33 percent in some regions.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.