Report: Audi Q7 e-tron Hybrid To Be Diesel for Europe, Gas for U.S., China
TDI Hybrid Could Come Later for U.S. Market
At the official debut of the Audi Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid, Audi Development Chief Ulrich Hackenberg said that the plug-in hybrid SUV would come to the U.S. and China markets initially as a gasoline model, with the TDI model reserved for Europe and other global markets, reports Automotive News. However, Hackenberg left the door open for the possibility of the e-tron TDI coming to the U.S. market at a later date.
Like the smaller Q5 hybrid, the Q7 gas hybrid model will be powered by a 2.0L I-4 GDI turbo engine mated to an electric motor. The selection of the smaller engine was likely facilitated by the new Q7’s much lighter curb weight, another example of the growing use of four-cylinder engines in luxury brands. The diesel model will have the 3.0L V-6 TDI engine, making it the more powerful of the two options.
No firm information on pricing or on-sale dates for the models was announced at Geneva. The Q7 e-tron will join the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid as the second premium three-row crossover to offer a plug-in hybrid option. Click here for our first look on the new Audi Q7 e-tron.
Source: Automotive News