The new petrol-electric system made its debut at the Shanghai motor show and will first be used by a frugal new Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro model developed specifically for Asian markets, including China, Japan and Singapore, before making its way into other new Audi models, including next year’s all-new A4, according to high-ranking Ingolstadt officials.
Audi’s latest plug-in hybrid combines the German car maker’s widely-used turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine with an electric motor mounted within the housing of the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro’s standard eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The combustion engine delivers 248bhp and 273lb ft of torque, while the disc-shaped electric motor provides 126bhp and 258lb ft. When operating in parallel, the two power sources deliver a combined 362bhp and 516lb ft.
The reserves are sufficient to propel the four-wheel drive Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro from 0-62mph in 5.9sec and a top speed of 237mph. Combined cycle consumption is put at 113mpg on the Chinese test procedure, corresponding to average CO2 emissions of 60g/km.