Audi has announced a fully electric large SUV is in the pipeline and will be unveiled "soon."

Audi has announced a fully electric large SUV is in the pipeline and will be unveiled "soon."

The 2015 R8 e-tron represents Audi's first ever production all-electric car and now we have learned from the company's engineering boss Dr Ulrich Hackenberg that a second model with a similar powertrain will be added to the range. Interestingly, in the R8 e-tron's press release it says development of the fully electric supercar has also helped the company "in creating a vehicle with a sedan character", but Hackenberg admitted the use of "sedan" was a mistake because the car in question will in fact be more of an SUV.

It's going to be a family-oriented large model equipped with a big battery pack that will provide enough juice for more than 313 miles (500 km). Hackenberg went on to specify it will not look like any existing model in the lineup so in other words we shouldn't expect a fully electric Q7. It will use the MLB platform which means it will benefit from a lightweight multi-material construction.

As far as the name is concerned, it will certainly include the "e-tron" suffix but it's not known at this point what will be before it. Hackenberg did hint the fully electric large SUV won't take part in the Q family and that we will know all the facts in a short while as a presentation will occur pretty "soon."

Note: Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro pictured.

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