Audi to Offer Oil Burner and Hybrid Q7

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
audi to offer oil burner and hybrid q7

Audi's Q7 arrived at America's SUV party just as the clean-up crew were packing up and heading for home. Despite the timing, questionable looks and hideous fuel efficiency (12/17), it's a hit. Year-to-date, Audi's moved 14,458 Q7s, outselling every other American Audi save the A4. Automotive News [AN, sub] reports that Audi's looking to capitalize on this success by fitting that Billy the Big Mouth Bass snout with a 3.6-liter, 280-hp engine mated to an electric engine. The Volkswagen Group's box fresh gas – electric parallel hybrid will up the Q7's mpg count to a claimed 23 mpg (highway? combine? AN doesn't say). If that doesn't float your boat– the Q7 is a heavy old girl– Ingolstadt will also offer a 50-state compliant 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel Q7 producing "about" 230 hp and 400 ft.-lbs. of torque. AN couldn't get an mpg number for the oil burner, but repeats Audi's claim of a 600-mile range. NOW will you take it off road?

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  • Kazoomaloo Kazoomaloo on Sep 11, 2007

    Gosh, I like many of these ugly cars... when I first saw a Q7 pull up on my wife's aunt's farm in North Dakota I was pretty impressed, I must admit. Maybe that's because it was surrounded by like 5 F150's... In any case, diesel FTW, even if it isn't so environmentally sound I like having more options.

  • Dimitris Dimitris on Sep 11, 2007

    More importantly, a slightly different (370ish ft lbs) version of that TDI engine is going into the next-gen A4, due in the US next fall. 0-60 in the low/mid 6s IIRC. The new 1.8T gasser also looks good to me in the same platform: 160ish HP, 33ish MPG on the combined EU cycle.

  • Martin Albright Martin Albright on Sep 11, 2007

    Weird. I saw one of these on the way to work this morning and I just thought it looked a lot like a minivan. For the price of one of these, you could probably get a gorgeous Infiniti FX35/45 and have change left over. Granted, you couldn't seat 7 people (which I guess is important...) but you wouldn't be sucking down a gallon of gas for every 12 miles, either.

  • Jeff Puthuff Jeff Puthuff on Sep 11, 2007

    I saw many of these in Austria and Switzerland this March. Quite surprising given the price of fuel.