We are getting closer and closer to the official introduction of the 2015 Audi Q7 so naturally more reports are emerging about the company’s flagship SUV. In an interview to Drive, Ulrich Weiss who is Audi’s chief of diesel engine development confirmed the company is currently developing an e-boost engine which will be launched in a production model “very soon.” He was asked by the reporter whether this hardware will find its way inside the Q7, but refused to comment although he smiled a little bit which indicates this will likely happen.
Audi has been working on e-turbo technology for quite some time as back in 2012 they tested a V6 3.0-liter TDI twin-turbo that at that time was described to provide “distinct boost in performance.” A few weeks ago Audi unveiled an interesting RS5 TDI concept which was powered by an electrically-assisted TDI V6 twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine generating an impressive 385 PS and a peak torque of 750 Nm.
Ulrich Weiss said the aforementioned RS5 TDI concept enjoyed a positive feedback and indicated the model could actually reach the production line sometime in the future. Until then, we should see the 2015 Audi Q7 slated to be unveiled either towards the end of the year or early 2015. The model should come out with a whopping weight loss of around 363 kg (800 lbs) as a result of making the switch to the MLB Evo platform.