More details have surfaced on Audi’s next-generation Q7 SUV, set for a reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. We had a suspicion the German automaker had a hybrid version of the Q7 in the works, but according to Truck Trend, the plug-in Q7 will also use a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, making it one of only two plug-in diesels currently on sale.
It’s not surprising that Audi has a plug-in diesel slated for release in Europe, the land of strict emissions standards. What’s shocking is Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg reportedly confirmed the model would arrive in the United States, which has yet to fully warm up to hybrid vehicles and diesels, let alone plug-in diesels. The combination should result in the hybrid Q7 offering up tons of torque, with the electric motor filling in the power gaps where the turbocharged diesel may be experiencing turbo lag.
Most importantly, the next-generation Q7 plug-in may able to travel around under electric power only for a limited amount of time. Volvo’s upcoming XC90 plug-in will be able top travel around on electric power only for 25 miles, while hybrid VW Group products are also capable or completing similar feats.
More information on all or most of the next-gen Q7 model variants should become available as NAIAS approaches.