Audi Etrona3 &Q7

There are two new e-tron mod­els, A3 and Q7, re­ports Damien O’car­roll.

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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.

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