You probably know by now the all-new Audi Q7 will be available in India starting November this year once the company will begin importing fully-built units from the factory in Slovakia, Europe. Those who would rather buy an India-made version will have to wait until next year for production to kick off at the Aurangabad assembly plant. Until then, Audi is increasing the Q7’s family in Europe by adding a more frugal derivative in the form of an ultra 3.0 TDI quattro variant.
As the name suggests, it’s powered by the same six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine but in this configuration it develops 218 bhp and a maximum torque of 500 Nm available between 1,250 rpm and 3,000 rpm. Compared to the old model, the overhauled variant is 28% more efficient and emits just 144 g/km of CO2.
More importantly, the 2015 Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro will do 18.18 kmpl which is actually very impressive taking into account the full-size SUV from Ingolstadt weighs almost two tons. Aside from being the most economical Q7 ever made, this “ultra”-badged version manages to remain fairly quick as well since it needs a decent 7.1 seconds for the 0-100 kmph sprint and will top out at 216 kmph.
For those who would rather have more power, there’s a beefier version of the 3.0 TDI engine with 272 bhp which lowers the sprint time to 6.3 seconds while the top speed increases to 234 kmph. As you would expect, this version is a bit thirstier as it will do 17.54 kmpl, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.
Needless to say, both 3.0 TDI models come as standard with a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system receiving power from an 8-speed automatic transmission. Deliveries of the “ultra” version are planned to start next month in Europe while details regarding Indian availability are not available at this point.