Work continues on the 2016 Audi Q7 as our spies have caught two different prototypes undergoing testing in Europe.

Work continues on the 2016 Audi Q7 as our spies have caught two different prototypes undergoing testing in Europe.

While we've already seen petrol-powered models before, the Nürburgring prototype features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Nothing is official but the model is expected to use a 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This setup could enable the crossover to produce a combined maximum output of 373 PS (275kW) and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. More importantly, we can expect the Q7 e-tron to consume less than 4.0L/100km (58.8 mpg US / 70.6 mpg UK) and have an electric only range in excess of 50 km (31 miles).

On the styling front, there doesn't appear to be anything that sets the plug-in hybrid apart but that could change when the camouflage comes off. Regardless, the crossover features a wider and more upright grille which is flanked by angular headlights. Moving further back, we can see a gently sloping roofline and more pronounced rear fenders. The crossover also has a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual exhaust system.

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