According to British media, the Audi Q7 e-tron will be introduced next year and it will be based on the second generation of the full-size SUV. Auto Express has learned from company insiders that a plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Q7 will come out in 2015 and will be the second model of this kind after the A3 e-tron quattro.
Power will reportedly come from a V6 3.0-liter supercharged engine with 316 bhp taken from the Porsche Cayenne S-E Hybrid and working with an electric motor generating an extra 94 bhp. This hardware setup should grant the Audi Q7 e-tron with just about the same fuel economy figures as the Cayenne S-E Hybrid so expect the model to return approximately 80 mpg UK (66.6 mpg US or 3.5 liters / 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 79 g/km. There’s no word about the electric range but probably it will very small taking into consideration the mass of the SUV.
Speaking of the weight, the all-new Q7 will actually be approximately 300 kg lighter than the outgoing model as a result of switching to the MLB platform which features a more extensive use of lightweight materials such as aluminum. A full reveal of the regular model is expected in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The plug-in hybrid version will probably arrive several months later.
Note: Possible 2015 Audi SQ7 pictured