The all-new Audi Q7 e-tron is heading to Australia and will kick off locally with a starting price of $139,900, before on-road costs.

The Q7 e-tron occupies a unique space in the market as the only diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It also boasts a meaty powertrain, mated to the brand's coveted 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.

Consuming just 1.9L/100km on the combined cycle, the Q7 e-tron emits just 49g of CO2 per kilometre, with an ability to drive on electric power alone for up to 56km.

Sitting beneath the boot floor is a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery system that can be fully charged within 2.5 hours, or around 10 hours if using a domestic charger.

The battery system beneath the floor means that the Q7 e-tron is strictly a five seater, with the seven-seat floor space now used to store batteries.

Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque, while an electric motor contributes 94kW of power and 350Nm of torque, producing a combined system output of 275kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

The Q7 e-tron will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 230km/h, capable of travelling in full EV mode at speeds of up to 135km/h.

Inside the cabin, expect to a see a comprehensive suite of features, including:

  • 5 star ANCAP safety rating
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection up to 85km/h
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Active lane assist
  • Exit warning system
  • Cross traffic assist
  • Audi side assist blind spot monitoring
  • Audi pre-sense basic and rear
  • Parkin system plus with rear-view camera
  • 8.3-inch Audi MMI Navigation with 3D maps and live traffic
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Virtual cockpit
  • Audi drive select
  • Heated front seats
  • 180W Audi sound system
  • LED headlights with dynamic indicators
  • Adaptive air suspension

In terms of pricing, the Q7 range kicks off from $97,800 (before on-road costs) for the entry-level Q7 powered by a 160kW diesel engine, moving on to $106,900 (before on-road costs) for the Q7 with 200kW diesel engine, then on to $139,900 (before on-road costs) for the Q7 e-tron and finally $155,511 (before on-road costs) for the mighty SQ7.

You can read our full review of the Audi Q7 e-tron here.