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Audi’s has revealed a pair of new editions in its ultra-green and growing ‘e-tron’ family this week, in the form of the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro and the A6 L e-tron.

For the big petrol-electric plug-in hybrid Q7, this latest unveiling follows the reveal of an electrified diesel version at last month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Uniquely, Audi has revealed that this new take on the Q7 e-tron has been developed specifically for Asian markets, where diesel models are not popular.

Power in this new Q7 e-tron is provided by a 185kW/370Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine, matched to a 84kW/350Nm disc-shaped electric motor packaged inside an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is also featured, and the company claims fuel consumption ratings of just 2.5 l/100km - making this Q7 e-tron thirstier than its diesel counterpart, but far more frugal than most conventional SUVs.

Total driving range is listed at around 1020 kilometres and, in pure EV mode, the big petrol-electric plug-in SUV claims a range of around 53km.

Its green credentials aren’t the Q7 e-tron’s only focus, however, with Audi also promising a swift 0-100km/h sprint time of just 5.9 seconds.

By comparison, the diesel-electric Q7 e-tron lists fuel use at 1.7 l/100km, with a 6.0 second 0-100km/h time and a driving range of 1410km.

Joining the Q7 e-tron at this week’s Shanghai Auto Show is the A6 L e-tron, building on its first appearance as a concept at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012.

This time, A6 L e-tron partners a 155kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine with a 91kW/220Nm electric motor, again a disc-shaped unit integrated into the big limo’s eight-speed auto.

Power in the petrol-electric plug-in A6 L e-tron is sent to the front wheels alone, and fuel consumption is listed at a low 2.2 l/100km.

At electrified A6 L will be built in China, exclusively for that market, although we may yet see an e-tron version of the A6 hit Western markets in the future.



While the A6 L e-tron is intended exclusively for China, a wider launch for the petrol-electric Q7 e-tron could be on the cards.

Speaking with TMR today, Audi Australia communications chief Anna Burgdorf said the local arm "will certainly look with interest" at the new petrol-electric Q7 e-tron, but no plans have been confirmed.

It is known that the earlier diesel-electric Q7 e-tron will join Australian line-up sometime after the regular new Q7 range debuts in October.

Diesel variants in the current Q7 line-up, which is made up of two diesel options and one petrol, make up the vast majority of sales. "Call it 99 percent", Ms Burgdorf said.

Until then, local buyers keen for some electrified Audi action can look to the smaller A3 Sportback e-tron, due here next month.

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