Audi has disclosed plans to offer the Q7 e-tron with a gasoline engine but only in China and United States. The announcement was made by the firm’s development boss Ulrich Hackenberg during an interview at the 85th Geneva Motor Show where he added that the engine in question will be a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter. He also mentioned the diesel-powered Q7 e-tron could still make it stateside if there’s going to be sufficient demand for this variant.
We remind you that the Q7 e-tron is Audi’s second production series plug-in hybrid model after the A3 Sportback e-tron launched in 2013. It uses a six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbodiesel (TDI) engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Audi says this version will sit on top of the Q7’s range which can only mean it will be the most expensive version so the starting price will clearly surpass the €76,100 in Germany of the Q7 4.2 TDI.
The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI is programmed to hit dealerships in the spring of 2016 and chances are its gasoline-powered sibling will arrive a few months later, possibly at a slightly lower price. There’s no word at the moment whether the TDI-powered model will be sold outside United States and China.