If we consider that this amazing crossover is still pretty fresh, it is pretty for sure that the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron will come without bigger changes. This version of the popular crossover came along with the redesign of the original. To remind you, the original first-generation model was launched in 2005.
After a full decade of production, we finally saw the second generation in 2015. Just one year later, the company released a plug-in hybrid version of it. Compared to the base gasoline and diesel models, it comes with minor modifications. It features pretty much the same design, both inside and outside, with some minor differences. The only major difference is under the hood, where this crossover features two variants of a powertrain.This model comes with an unusual combination of diesel engine and electric motor, but there is also a common gas/electric combination in the offer.
This model comes with an unusual combination of diesel engine and electric motor, but there is also a common gas/electric combination in the offer.
2018 Audi Q7 e-tron redesign
As we already mentioned, this model is still pretty fresh and there is really no need for some bigger modifications at the moment. It came a year ago and features pretty much the same design characteristics as other Q7 models. The 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron will continue to ride on the famous, versatile MLB platform. It is used for a whole bunch of models from the VW Group. This is the latest version of the platform, which utilizes some new lightweight materials, which made new model several pounds lighter than the original. In terms of styling, it continues the evolution of the brand’s design philosophy.
Compared to the original, there are no radical changes. This is a true German design philosophy – conservative, conventional and non-experimental. The same thing is inside. However, we must admit that 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron features one of the most stylish cabin designs in the class.
2018 Audi Q7 e-tron features
Another great thing of 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron will be a long list of standard features. It will come with a whole bunch of standard features. Some of the highlights will be 8.3-inch display, Bluetooth, a sunroof, USB, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors and a premium 19-speaker audio system. Audi continues with the same version of the infotainment system, which could look pretty complex at the first sight, but it is actually pretty straightforward. A smartphone integration is also included.
The great thing about this crossover is a long list of active driver-assistance and safety features. There are things like forwarding collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, active lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, active collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera system, and a night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection.
2018 Audi Q7 e-tron powertrain
The 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron will come in same two hybrid variants. For most of the markets, it will feature an unusual diesel hybrid powertrain. This system consists of 3.0-liter TDI engine and a high-output electric motor. The total output is around 370 horses and 520 pound-feet of torque.
The power comes to the wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. This amount of power and torque provides excellent performances. This crossover needs just 6.2 seconds, while the top speed is 140 mph (84 in electric mode). On the other side fuel economy is just amazing. It goes around 120 mpg, while the all-electric range is over 35 miles.
For markets like China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, there is a version that combines the same electric motor with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. This version features even better performances, but fuel economy and range are quite weaker.
2018 Audi Q7 e-tron release date and price
The 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron will come without bigger changes, so expect it in the usual time, which is somewhere at the end of the year. When it comes to the price, we expect no changes.
So, the base model should go around 70.000 dollars, which is for about 20.000 more compared to the base gasoline model.