Here come the plug-in SUVs! The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro made its debuts at this week’s Auto Shanghai show, along with the Audi A6 L e-tron. Both are scheduled to go on sale in Asia in 2016.
The Q7 e-tron is a large SUV that Audi has developed specially for China, Singapore and Japan. It features a 17.3 kWh liquid-cooled lithium‑ion battery, a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, a disk-shaped electric motor, and an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The quattro permanent AWD system distributes power to the wheels using a torque vectoring system. Total power is 270 kW (367 hp), torque is 700 N·m (516 lb-ft), and electric range is 33 miles. Audi’s new two-phase charging technology permits charging at up to 7.2 kW.
The Audi A6 L e‑tron is based on the long version of the Audi A6, which the company produces in China. It sports a similar engine-and-motor combo, as well as the tiptronic transmission and two-phase charging.
System power is 180 kW (245 hp) and maximum torque is 500 N·m (369 lb‑ft). The 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery delivers a 31-mile electric range. Located beneath the luggage compartment, it’s designed not to sacrifice too much of the vehicle’s cargo capacity, which is 11.9 cubic feet.
Audi is also exhibiting the Prologue Allroad concept car – a much sportier beast, carrying a 4.0-liter V8 with twin turbochargers. Power is 540 kW (734 hp) and torque is 900 N·m (664 lb-ft).Acceleration from 0-60 is 3.5 seconds, yet fuel consumption is only 2.4 liters per 100 km (on the New European Driving Cycle). The rear-mounted 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery offers an electric range of 33.6 miles. The concept features Audi’s wireless charging technology, which it is developing for series production.