Audi is debuting three new models – an SUV, a sedan and a concept wagon – at the Shanghai auto show this month as part of the brand’s plug-in hybrid expansion.
The luxury brand said it is merging its quattro drive with a TFSI plug-in hybrid system for the first time, creating the all-new Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro (pictured above). Equipped with a large 17.3 kilowatt-hours (kWh) lithium-ion battery, Audi said the SUV is capable of driving 32.9 miles in all-electric mode.
Overall horsepower with the gas engine and electric motor has been rated at 367 horsepower, giving the Q7 enough muscle to go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Only Asian markets are slated to get this version of the Q7 e-tron for now, said Audi. The company plans on beginning deliveries to Japan, China and Singapore in 2016.
Though it shares a name with the concept SUV that Audi showcased in Detroit earlier this year, there is a significant difference between the two hybrid setups. The Q7 from Detroit paired a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder TDI diesel engine. But the upcoming Q7 will use a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with Audi’s turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) system.
The automaker doesn’t say outline why the engine change was made, but does say that the Asian market was carefully analyzed first.
“Audi has been intensively analyzing the unique features of the Chinese market for many years now as well as the expectations of its customers and national trends,” said Audi. This Q7 e-tron in particular was developed “especially for the Asian markets China, Singapore and Japan.”
Audi’s other new PHEV coming to Shanghai will also be limited to these three countries, at least for now. The A6 L e-tron is a plug-in hybrid variant of Audi’s long A6 sedan. It also uses a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, adding in a 91 kilowatt electric motor. A smaller 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery is used, though the A6 L e-tron’s all-electric range of 31 miles is only slightly under the Q7’s.
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A third plug-in will also be on display, though this one is still in concept form. The public has already seen a similar model when Audi debuted the Avant diesel plug-in hybrid earlier this year in Geneva. But for this prototype, Audi is switching up the car’s hybrid setup and has renamed it the prologue allroad concept.
The Geneva version of the Avant was no soft plug-in. It featured a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel and a 14.1 kWh battery pack, with had an overall output rated at 455 horsepower and 553.4 pounds-feet of torque.
For Shanghai, Audi has bestowed the prologue allroad concept with even more power. The diesel engine has been replaced with a 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine with twin turbochargers. Add in an electric motor built into the eight-speed transmission, and this new concept boasts 743 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque.
The same size battery does carry forward, and the allroad concept’s all-electric range matches the Avant concept’s 33.6 miles.