373 hp, 700 Nm of torque, particularly spurt strong and to an average fuel consumption of just 1.7 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers: Audi presents the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro its first diesel plug-in hybrid that has it all and sit up with completely new technology allows. Its launch is celebrating the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro in spring 2016.
Design: Making a Difference
There are subtleties with which the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro differs from conventional Audi Q7 that has taken off in the second generation from the summer of 2015. Lost its massiveness, drives the 5.05-meter-long Audi Q7 visually more dynamic in the future. The striking single-frame grille with strong transverse struts formed by the makers strong plastic. Strikingly, the wide radiator grille frame runs up to the headlights. The Audi e-tron quattro Q7 the makers recorded the single-frame grille, the air intakes, the 19-inch wheels and the rear diffuser again. The headlights are designed in three dimensions, while the cool light signature appears as a double arrow.
Drive: Powerful Combination – sporting power and minimum consumption
The Audi e-tron quattro Q7 combines a six-cylinder diesel (TDI) with quattro all-wheel drive. With 275 kW / 373 hp and 700 Nm system performance system torque of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro sprints in just 6.0 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, and on up to a top speed of 225 km / h. According to the standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the large SUV average content with just 1.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams of CO2.
Like all hybrid models from Audi is designed as a parallel hybrid, the Q7 e-tron quattro. The 3.0 TDI, a highly efficient V6 diesel, has 190 kW / 258 bhp and 600 Nm of torque. Active engine mount – a world first for a diesel engine – largely eliminate unwanted vibrations through targeted counter pulses. The disc-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW / 128 hp and delivers 350 Nm of torque.
For the power transmission, an eight-stage Tiptronic automatic transmission provides. The permanent all-wheel drive directs the forces on all four wheels. During fast cornering, the center differential in the quattro drive works closely with torque vectoring. The balanced chassis, available with optional air suspension “Adaptive Air Suspension”, meanwhile, will combine excellent ride comfort with distinctive sporty handling.
56 km electric range and full charge in only 2.5 hours
The lithium-ion battery with 17.3 kWh capacity in pure electric mode enables a range of 56 kilometers. The total range of the diesel engine is 1410 km. Another module efficiency, this represents specially developed for the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump that provides the heat of the electric drive components to the interior of the Q7 e-tron quattro is available. Thus, for example, benefit inmates even at low outdoor temperatures from a quick inside heating. Audi brings this technology as the world’s first manufacturer in a plug-in hybrids in series.
The Audi e-tron quattro Q7, the new two-phase charging technology is installed, which allows you to load up to 7.2 kW. Takes place, depending on the infrastructure (corresponding performance industrial socket) and the charging cable, the full charge of the battery in about 2.5 hours. As a convenient solution also prove the standard e-tron services in the portfolio of Audi Connect, functions such as loading and air conditioning can be controlled via the via smartphone.
Maximum efficiency: the hybrid management
The hybrid management controls the operating states of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro flexible and highly efficient. The driver can choose between four modes: the “EV” mode prioritizes the electric driving; in “hybrid” mode, the system decides to a large extent on the kind of the actuator. In the mode “Battery Hold” Audi Q7 e-tron quattro saves on the availability of electrical energy, such as for a pure electric driving in town at the destination. In the mode “Battery charge” the system charges the battery when driving on fast as possible.
The large SUV starts electrically rule. To activate the TDI, the driver must depress the active accelerator pedal beyond a certain point of resistance. The point at which the resistance occurs, depends on the requirements of the hybrid management. Also for the boosting, in which work together both engines, a pressure point is overcome.
When the hybrid mode is active and the eight-speed Tiptronic is in the switch position “D”, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro changes to sailing, when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator – the diesel and electric motor are then disabled. If the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro approaches a slower vehicle ahead or a roundabout or the entrance, the sailing operation ends in favor of targeted recuperation delay. For the detection of lying ahead traffic situation, the system uses the data of the “MMI Navigation plus”, the front camera and – if the distance control “Adaptive Cruise Control” is on board – the radar sensors.
When driving in the switch position “S” mode and the “Battery charge” energy recovery will begin when decelerating. The driver can influence the degree of recuperation via the shift paddles on the steering wheel gradually. The majority of all brake applications in everyday life also run on the electric motor. From mid-delay is displayed and the hydraulic brakes are used.
Predictive efficiency Wizard: This new technology sets new standards
The standard “MMI Navigation plus” is closely involved in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro into hybrid management. From the navigation data and the real-time traffic information, the system can already calculate to finish the most economical choice of four modes along the route at the start of the car – even at long range.
The new “Predictive efficiency Wizard” also allows a forward-looking hybrid strategy. During the trip, “Predictive efficiency Wizard” provides highly accurate local environment information and proactively created to three kilometers from the navigation and camera data and the radar information a detailed picture of the route. Before traffic signs with speed limits, road signs, curves, roundabouts and intersections, the system proposes to the driver via a visual cue to go off the gas. At the same time, the active accelerator pedal pulses once against his foot.
New technologies: top comfort and sporty handling
The new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro represents an everyday long-distance car with great sporting talent. The new electromechanical power steering is highly efficient and precise. The five-link suspension at the front and rear axle newly developed are compared to the previous model, more than 60 kilograms lighter and contribute strongly to the high driving dynamics. An important role is played by the lowered center of gravity here.
Even the basic version of the large SUV rolls from soft and smooth – yet sovereign will of comfort with the optional adaptive air suspension, air suspension with controlled damping. The driver can regulate their operation over the standard vehicle dynamics system “Audi Drive Select.” It keeps prepared up to seven modes, and also binds other technology components such as the steering, the accelerator pedal and the automatic one.
All-rounder for leisure, sports, cultural and business of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro copes effortlessly easy terrain. A tilt angle display, a hill descent assist, an off-road mode for the Electronic Stability Control ESC and an off-road navigation are available as standard.
Interior: Elegant design and top quality
Inside the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro offers one of the largest room offers in its segment. The three rear seats have adjustable backrests and can be moved on request in length. The lithium-ion battery maker brought under space-saving: the luggage compartment holds 890 liters in the normal state willing maximum there are 2,075 liters. An electrically operated tailgate comes as standard.
A highlight of the Audi Q7 e-tron is the standard “Audi Virtual Cockpit” – the fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch display (31.2 inches measured diagonally) presents all the important information in brilliant quality. The driver can call up various information layers, including specific e-tron indicators, such as the power meter. The large display allows you to switch to a conventional tachometer or the simultaneous display with the power meter. In addition, the instrument cluster presents the indicators for energy flow to reach (with numerical values and graphics) and the state of charge of the battery.
For Infotainment Audi is also a latest technology. It is operated by voice, with the multifunction steering wheel or with the newly developed MMI terminal, the MMI touchpad. The main functions can be accessed using the rotary push-button control and two rocker switches. Audi also integrates the “All-in-Touch” – on the big touchpad driver can enter a string or multi-finger gestures to perform to zoom around the map and scroll through lists.
The Infotainment Audi added to specific sizes for representations in electric mode. For example, there is a consumption statistics are available, together with a graphical display of the electric range in the navigation map. Furthermore, let both the charging and preconditioning the time control and to the customer resource such as departure time and adapt cost-saving.
Internet and new approaches to Rear-seat entertainment
“Audi Connect” connects the Q7 e-tron quattro by the fast LTE standard to the Internet. By Wi-Fi hotspot, the passenger can surf with their mobile devices and e-mail. For the driver brings “Audi Connect” customized Internet services from Audi in the car, on the navigation with images from Google Earth and Google Street View on-line traffic information to the smartphone app “Audi Music Stream” to access Internet Radio and the large selection of titles Napster. News and information services are also available. The online services Facebook and Twitter integrated the makers also meet the vehicle infotainment like Pandora, Spotify and WhatsApp.
In the Rear Seat Entertainment Audi is breaking new ground. As Fond monitors serve on or to request two tablets with each 10.1-inch diagonal (25.7 centimeters). Thus, a rear passenger, for example, send a navigation destination on the tablet to the navigation or surfing the Internet. In competition with the sports exhaust system is beyond the optional sound system from Bang & Olufsen of 1,920 watts, which provides a 3D sound and uses 23 speakers.
Driver assistance systems can be so beautiful high-tech
Also relies on the assistance systems, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro standards. New features such as the avoidance assistant that supports the driver by intervening in the steering when negotiating obstacles, and the turn-off assistant which monitors oncoming traffic when turning left at low speeds and in a critical situation decelerates the car.
The intersection assistant warns the driver also provide other vehicles when driving slowly backwards while the trailer assistant Audi Q7 e-tron quattro precisely articulated as a towing vehicle in the direction defined by the driver with the rotary control / push control in the MMI. The system also manages the opposite driving in the steering wheel.
The distance control “Adaptive Cruise Control”, including congestion assistant, the driver takes on well-maintained roads to 65 km / h speed the steering work from when traffic flows tough. In combination with the “Predictive efficiency Wizard” that automatically adjusts the speed of local inputs and speed limits on curves and intersections – also taking advantage of the sailing operation.
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