The upcoming 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron is the newest addition to the ever growing lineup of plug-in hybrid models coming from top tier automakers. According to Audi, the Q7 e-tron will decrease the running costs even further, while providing plenty of performance too. As opposed to the standard Q7, the e-tron differs only in terms of its powertrain and the fact that it lacks a 3rd seat row.
Otherwise, it is still one of the best-looking models on the market. It is also a model that features one of the best cabins in the world, which sports advanced technology, a smart design, and superb built quality. As such, the Q7 e-tron will prove to be a worthy challenger to the Volvo XC90 and the Mercedes GLE 500e.
2018 Audi Q7 e-tron – Attractive and Strong Design
When compared to the last year’s Q7, the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron will have a marginally smaller wheelbase and dimensions. It is obvious that the German engineers wanted to add a bit of sportiness and an aerodynamic touch to the SUV. As a result, we have a fairly sleek vehicle, one that brings a fairly low drag coefficient. But, the Q7 e-tron is not all about athleticism, it is also about class and elegance too.
In the front, we can the famous single-frame grille, which exudes class and strength. To complement this grille, the Audi has opted to incorporate some redesigned, edgier fascia treatments, as well as lighting options. In the back, we can see aggressive twin tailpipes, smaller taillights, and a new, power operated tailgate.
Inside, the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron truly shines. Of course, this is not surprising, given Audi’s pedigree for creating some of the most advanced, comfortable, and useful cabins in the world. This SUV’s cabin is full of high-quality materials, advanced gadgets, and unique designs. There is natural leather, some exotic wood accents, and a bit of chrome, all complemented by the highest level of build quality.
The control layout is nearly flawless, with highly legible instrumentation and a brand-new, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel. There is, of course, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display, which provides the driver with all the necessary info and assistance.
As we’ve already said, the Q7 e-tron ditches the 3rd seat row, which means less room for passengers but also a lighter vehicle and better fuel efficiency. In the tech department, we can see a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 19-speaker BOSE audio system, a 3-zone climate control, Apple Car Play, and an abundance of safety systems.
Engine Specs and Performance
The main feature of the upcoming 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron is undoubtedly its powertrain. This is a hybrid variant which combines a 3.0-liter diesel engine with an electric motor. While the diesel engine produces 255 horsepower, the electric motor outputs 126.
Combined, they provide the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron with 371 horsepower. The SUV goes from 0 to 62 mph in around 6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 143 mph. It also achieves an EPA rating of 24/28 mpg and 54 mpg combined. For smooth power transmission, the engine comes paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Production and Cost of the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron
According to the latest info, the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron is expected to start rolling off the production lines by the end of 2017. Its initial price will most likely be no less than $70.000.