Audi Q7, the popular SUV from the German carmaker might soon get a petrol variant in India. Apparently, the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer has recently imported a petrol version of its flagship SUV for homologation. This could mean that Audi is finally working on a plan to address the Supreme Court’s ban on 2000cc and above diesel vehicles in Delhi and NCR.
Audi launched the updated Q7 SUV in India in late-2015. The new Audi Q7 came with bolder styling, a host of new features and a luxuriously laid out cabin that worked truly well with both customers as well as the critics. We reviewed it last year and had some similar views about the car. Currently, the Audi Q7 is available in India with only one engine option and that is the 3.0-litre TDI, diesel which is capable of producing 245bhp and developing 600Nm of torque from as low as 1500rpm. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox while Audi’s Quattro AWD system ensures that power is distributed to all four wheels.
The updated model was well-received in the Indian market and the company soon started seeing some satisfying numbers. But along with the new Q7’s launch, soon came the Supreme Court’s order that has put a hold on the sale of this popular SUV in the national capital, which is, in fact, a high-grossing market for luxury cars. So, if Audi is considering launching a petrol version of the SUV in India, the company could not have chosen a better time, especially with the recent inclination of buyers towards petrol-powered cars.
The model that has been imported to India is the Audi Q7 Quattro petrol that comes powered by the carmaker’s 2.0-litre TFSI engine which is already available in some Asian markets. The 1984cc motor is capable of churning out a maximum of 252bhp and develops a peak torque of 370Nm. Transmission duties are handled by the same 8-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox that does duty on the currently selling diesel variant.