Audi Etrona3 &Q7
There are two new e-tron models, A3 and Q7, reports Damien O’carroll.
Audi recently bolstered its e-tron plug-in hybrid range with a refresh of an existing model, along with the introduction of an all new one. The A3 e-tron has been with us for a while now, but Audi has seen fit to tweak things a bit by adding more kit and slashing the price for 2017. Available as a single model, the A3 e-tron has seen its price drop from $75,000 for the old model, down to $69,900 for the new version, but with a decent hike in standard equipment as well. It comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as dual zone climate control, keyless entry and start, satellite navigation, a leather multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters, LED interior lighting, xenon headlights, parking sensors front and rear, a backing camera, cruise control and Audi’s pre-sense city autonomous emergency braking system. If, however you add the optional $6,000 e-tron Technology Package (which takes the price up to just $900 more than previous car) you get 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit screen, LED headlights, smartphone integration, side assist, park assist, active lane assist and high beam assist. Audi hasn’t made any changes to the powertrain for the updated model, so the A3 e-tron still packs the same 110kw/250nm 1.4-litre petrol engine hooked up to a six-speed dual clutch transmission and a 75kw/330nm electric motor powered by an 8.8kwh lithium ion battery pack. This gives a combined peak system output of 150kw of power and 350Nm of torque and an electric range of 50km from those batteries. The A3 now has an e-tron stablemate in the form of the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid – the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid. The Q7 e-tron packs a 94kw/350nm electric motor powered by a 17.3kwh lithium ion battery pack that shares the motivational duties with a 190kw/600nm 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The combined peak total output is 275kw of power and 700Nm of torque and the e-tron is capable of running as a pure EV for up to 56km, which is more than the average Kiwi’s daily commute, and the range when running as a hybrid with the diesel V6 assisting balloons to more than 1,000km. The Q7 e-tron is available locally in a single specification for $158,400. Being second from top in the Q7 range, it does come with quite the list of standard specification for that money as well. It comes standard with a 7.5-metre long charging cord with both a three-pin 10 amp plug and a single phase 16 amp industrial plug, 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, Audi’s full driver assist system that includes adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane assist, pre-sense collision avoidance, side assist and high beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, a 360 degree and rear view camera, LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, rain sensing wipers, triple zone climate control, Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit screen, keyless entry and start, heated electric front seats, leather upholstery and an interior LED lighting package. Perhaps most impressively, however, is the fact that the Q7 e-tron will also tow 3,500kg on a braked trailer in either hybrid or full EV mode.