German car maker, Audi will launch the petrol version of the SUV Q7 in India on 4th September. The SUV will be powered by 40 TFSI 2.0-liter petrol engine that produces 248 hp of power and 370 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi's exclusive Quattro permanent all wheel drive system. Currently, the flagship SUV is offered with a single engine option- 3.0-litre diesel engine and it is available in two variants- Premium Plus and Technology Pack. It is expected that Audi Q7 petrol variant will get the same features as Q7 diesel variants like Matrix LED headlamp with LED DRLs Audi Multimedia Information display, Electrically adjustable seats and a panoramic sunroof.The SUV can attain a top speed of 234 kmph and can accelerate 0-100 mph in 7.1 seconds. Back in 2015, Audi gave the Q7 a major cosmetic and mechanical change. The SUV gets LED headlamps, large chrome grille, and fog lamps. The 2015 Audi Q7 is much lighter than its previous generation models due to the light weight and high steel strength steel. For the first time, the company introduced '3D sound' system' in its portfolio that was equipped in 2015 Audi Q7. The system makes use of 23 speakers with lightweight neodymium magnets assisting in low-distortion, hence delivering high-resolution sound quality.The Q7 is expected to launch at a price tag of Rs 72 lakh, ex-showroom and will compete with the likes of BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLS , and Land Rover Discovery.
The infamous ban of diesel engines with a capacity of above 2000 cc in Delhi/NCR is one of the major reason we are seeing more premium manufacturers rushing to bring in high capacity petrol engines. We saw Toyota launching petrol variants in both Innova Crysta and Fortuner. Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Mercedes-Benz GLC all have been launched with a Petr engine option. While the buyers still prefer diesel engines due to low running cost going forward this will change. With fuel prices being revised every day we will see the difference in price between diesel and petrol coming down drastically. The tax structure currently favours diesel as it is also used in agricultural and mass transportation sector.
Globally countries like UK, Germany have already announced to ban diesel in long-term. Manufacturers like Porche, Volvo Cars and Mercedes Benz are planning to ban diesel engine by 2040. This will help in cutting the harmful pollutants and oxides of nitrogen.
Petrol would be the transitional fuel before the mass adoption of electric vehicles and hence we will see more products rolling out with Petrol engines. The future of diesel engines worldwide is uncertain and soon will become a thing of past.