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Report: Audi Q7 e-tron Plug-in Will Get Gasoline Engine for U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Joseph Capparella
Audi Q7 E Tron 30 TDI Quattro Front Three Quarter 01© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Q7 E Tron 30 TDI Quattro Front Three Quarter 01

The Audi Q7 e-tron TDI Quattro debuted at the Geneva auto show with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain that pairs an electric motor with a turbodiesel V-6 engine. We hadn’t previously heard plans about this car coming to the U.S., but now Automotive News Europe is reporting that the plug-in Audi Q7 will reach our shores with a slightly different powertrain.

This report says that the U.S.-spec Audi Q7 e-tron will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine instead of the turbodiesel V-6 in the European car. It should still have the same Quattro all-wheel-drive system, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric drivetrain as the TDI diesel version, though we don’t know how the gasoline engine will affect the TDI’s combined power of 373 hp or quoted efficiency number of 118 mpg combined. The e-tron TDI is also said to have an electric-only driving range of 35 miles on a full charge, which could change slightly for the gasoline version.

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Audi Q7 e Tron TDI Quattro© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Q7 e Tron TDI Quattro

Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg did not completely rule out the possibility of a diesel Audi Q7 e-tron for the U.S., though, as he told ANE that the diesel hybrid could eventually reach the states if there is enough demand. We’ll still have to wait a while before we see any e-tron variant here, as it will likely reach the U.S. in mid-2016 after going on sale in Europe that spring. The Q7 is Audi's second plug-in hybrid model after the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron that's scheduled to reach the U.S. sometime this year.

Audi Q7 E Tron 30 TDI Quattro Drivetrain 02© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Q7 E Tron 30 TDI Quattro Drivetrain 02

The standard 2016 Audi Q7, which reaches the U.S. this summer, will also be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, along with a possible TDI version with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. The Q7 e-tron will sit at the top of the SUV’s lineup, with prices likely to top $70,000 given the most expensive outgoing Audi Q7 TDI costs $65,825.

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