The Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid diesel has been confirmed by one of the company’s insider. The announcement was made by Automotive News Europe who went on to specify this derivative will not be available from day one so chances are it will go on sale in 2016 taking into account the conventional-powered model is scheduled to reach the market sometime next year.
This report shouldn’t come as a big surprise taking into account the firm’s development boss Ulrich Hackenberg said earlier this year the model, likely to wear the e-tron badge, will be powered by a V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel working together with an electric motor but there’s no word regarding output, performance or mileage.
Hackenberg also said the diesel + electric motor combo will also find its way inside the next generation A8, Audi’s flagship model bound to go on sale in 2017. Such a plug-in hybrid diesel system is far from being a novelty as Volvo has been offering a similar setup in the V60 Plug-in Hybrid while PSA has the Hybrid4 system which powers a wide variety of Citroen and Peugeot models, creating not only quite powerful cars but also very economical so it’s the best of both world.
Note: 2015 Audi Q7 render by X-Tomi Design pictured.