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Trevor Collett | Aug, 06 2015 | 1 Comment

Audi has added a new entry-level model to its Q7 luxury SUV range in Europe, the Q7 'ultra', which trims fuel usage to just 5.5 l/100km and lowers the price of entry for the big wagon.

Customers in Europe can now snap up the new variant for €58,000 (AU$86,300) plus on-roads. Frugal it may be, but it is not short-changed for power and torque; the 3.0 litre ultra TDI turbo-diesel engine under the bonnet is good for 160kW and 500Nm.

The previous-best fuel consumption for Q7 models not assisted by an electric motor was 5.7 l/100km. The new model's 5.5l/100km is, according to Audi, the new benchmark for the segment.

While consumption in the ultra is higher than the petrol-electric Q7 e-tron’s 2.5 l/100km, and the Q7 diesel e-tron’s ultra-low 1.7 l/100km, both e-tron variants are considerably more expensive.

The new entry-level diesel can reach 100km/h from rest in 7.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 216 km/h.

Audi Q7 diesel e-tron
Audi Q7 diesel e-tron

For those looking for a little extra, Audi continues to offer a 200kW version of the same 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine which boasts the previous-best 5.7 l/100km fuel figure.

The ‘regular’ 3.0 TDI also trims a handy 0.8 seconds from the 0-100km/h time of the ultra TDI, and its top speed is 234km/h.

The sole petrol-powered option besides the e-tron is the 245kW 3.0 litre TFSI model.

Delivery for the new entry-level Q7 to European customers begins next month. While Australian availability of the new variant is unclear at this stage, customers will begin receiving their Q7 orders shortly after with the first examples set to arrive in October.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for TMR’s first drive review of the 2015 Audi Q7 soon.

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