An Audi official has announced the Q7 e-tron will go on sale towards the end of the year or early 2015. Talking to CarAdvice, Audi’s technology communications manager Oliver Strohbach shed some lights about the upcoming electrified full-size SUV, confirming the company’s plans to introduce a production version either by the end of the year or at the beginning of 2015.
From our understanding, the e-tron derivative will be based on the upcoming next-generation of the Q7 as Oliver Strohbach said the vehicle will ride on the MLB Evo architecture which will be used basically on most of the lineup, including the A4, A6, A7, A8 and “all the family.”
Based on the information available at this point, the Audi Q7 e-tron will be motivated by a V6 3.0-liter TDI engine working together with an electric motor which will allow this hardware arrangement to provide a combined output of 373 PS (275 kW) and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft (700 Nm).
Even though it will be quite powerful and considerably heavy, the Q7 e-tron will be able to return an impressive 58.8 mpg US (70.6 mpg UK or less than 4 liters / 100 km). Just as important, the vehicle will be capable of running solely on electric power for more than 31 miles (50 km).