- the audi q7 gains a plug-in hybrid powertrain in europe called the tfsi e quattro.
- it combines a turbocharged 3.0-liter v-6 gas engine with an electric motor and is available in two power levels, the 449-hp 60 and the 376-hp 55.
- audi has announced plans for plug-in versions of the q5, a7, and a8 in the u.s., but says that the q7 hybrid will not come to the u.s.
the audi q7 will soon join competitors such as the volvo xc90 and bmw x5 in offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain. available in europe starting at the end of this year, the new q7 tfsi e quattro model introduces a new gas-electric powertrain that's available in two states of tune, with either 449 or 376 horsepower. the q7 hybrid is not in the plans for the u.s. market, however, as an audi spokesperson told c/d that the q5, a7, and a8 hybrids will be the only plug-in models available on our shores.
the q7's hybrid powertrain uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline engine and a 126-hp electric motor that sources power from a 17.3-kwh battery pack. it's said to offer an all-electric driving range of around 27 miles on the european wltp cycle and the car can go up to 84 mph in electric mode. the top 60 model has a combined power output of 449 horsepower, while the less expensive 55 model makes do with 376 hp. an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard on both versions.
a charging port on the left side of the car is the main exterior difference, along with different badging. there are hybrid-specific modes for the navigation system, and different displays for the digital gauge cluster. from what we can see in photos, it appears that the q7 hybrid does away with the third row of seats due to the battery pack being mounted under the cargo floor.
audi's other u.s.-bound plug-in-hybrid models are scheduled to go on sale sometime in 2020, but don't hold your breath waiting for this q7 to reach our market, as audi says it is not part of the plan. a refreshed 2020 q7 with exterior updates and new tech features is headed here, however, although u.s.-specific details are not yet available.