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The all-new Audi Q7 is al­ready a hero model for the Ger­man mar­que, with a cut­ting-edge ar­ray of equip­ment and ac­tive safety tech­nol­ogy. But there’s one par­tic­u­lar vari­ant that takes the Q7 to new heights: the e-tron plug-in hy­brid. The sec­ond se­ries pro­duc­tion model in Audi’s e-tron range (the first was the A3 Sport­back), the Q7 is the world’s first plug-in hy­brid to com­bine elec­tric power, a 3.0-litre TDI diesel en­gine and four-wheel drive. The Q7 e-tron em­ploys lithium-ion bat­tery tech­nol­ogy and can be fully charged in two and a half hours. It can travel up to 55km on zero-emis­sions elec­tric power, with a to­tal range of 1,400km on bat­tery and diesel power com­bined. It still of­fers rapid per­for­mance when re­quired: with 700Nm of torque from the to­tal pow­er­train sys­tem, it can ac­cel­er­ate to 100km/h in just six sec­onds. How­ever, the Q7 e-tron also re­turns 1.4 litres per 100km in the of­fi­cial Euro­pean Com­bined fuel econ­omy test cy­cle. This cor­re­sponds to CO2 emis­sions of less than 50 grams per km. The Q7 has also been en­gi­neered to de­liver the re­fine­ment ex­pected of an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, even when op­er­at­ing in hy­brid mode. It’s the first diesel-pow­ered ve­hi­cle in the world to fea­ture ac­tive en­gine mounts, which elim­i­nate un­wanted vi­bra­tions by ap­ply­ing counter-pulses.

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