Audi Q7 TFSI e 2020 detailed: Plug-in SUV returns, but still uncertain for Australia

Audi has uncovered its updated Q7 TFSI e SUV, the successor to the e-tron variant that was on sale in Australia from 2018.

However, the new plug-in variant of the facelifted Q7 is uncertain for Australia, with CarsGuide awaiting Audi’s response on whether the eco-friendly large SUV will make it Down Under.

Audi Australia will roll-out its facelifted Q7 line-up in 2020, though exact timing is still unclear.

In overseas markets, the plug-in Q7 will be available in two grades, the 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e, both powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine and permanently excited synchronous motor.

Differentiating the two grades are distinct total system outputs, with the 55 producing 280kW/600Nm and the 60 upping the ante to 335kW/700Nm for a respective zero to 100km/h sprint in 5.9 and 5.7 seconds.

For reference, the Audi Q7 e-tron that was sold in Australia made 275kW/700Nm from a similar engine and electric motor combination, and could accelerate to the landmark triple digits in 6.2s.

The electric motor in the updated Q7 is housed within the eight-speed automatic transmission, which sends drive to all four wheels via Audi’s rear-biased quattro system.

A 17.3kWh battery – the same size as its predecessor – will enable 43 kilometres of emissions-free driving.

Fuel economy in both grades are pegged at 2.8-3.0 litres per 100km, while three different drivetrain modes – Hybrid, Auto and Hold – can vary the characteristics of the electric motor.

The Q7 TFSI e also sports a drive select system that can switch between comfort, efficiency, auto, dynamic, individual and offroad to tweak steering, air suspension and drivetrain settings. An additional allroad mode is available with the optional adaptive air suspension.

Standard equipment includes adaptive cruise control, Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrumentation, 20-inch wheels, Matrix LED headlights, red brake callipers, sports seats with S line embossing, black headliner and aluminium inlays.

The Q7 TFSI e will go on sale in Germany by year’s end and kick off from €74,800 ($A121,262) for the 55 and €89,500 ($A145,093) for the 60, whereas the preceding Q7 e-tron retailed for $139,900 in Australia.