An Audi representative has confirmed an e-tron version of the Q7 will be revealed before the next-gen model arrives towards the end of 2015.

An Audi representative has confirmed an e-tron version of the Q7 will be revealed before the next-gen model arrives towards the end of 2015.

Earlier this year in Geneva we saw the A3 e-tron which will actually go on sale, unlike the R8 e-tron which has been cancelled (due to battery tech). Now, Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle says a Q7 e-tron will be revealed before the next-gen model arrives late 2015.

He didn't disclose details about what will power the electrified SUV but most definitely won't be the 150 HP 1.4-liter TFSI / 102 HP (75 kW) electric motor combo in the A3 e-tron. We are expecting something with considerably more power since the weight difference between the two is huge.

Interestingly, Andrew Doyle said the Q7 e-tron will actually reach production phase after the A3 e-tron goes on sale. In regards to the canned R8 e-tron, Doyle said "I don't see it as a major thing for us. We'll launch with A3, followed by Q7…”

Although the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne will receive a new generation next year, Audi has decided to wait until 2015 for the new Q7 since "it is still doing quite well actually, worldwide and in Australia." The same MLB platform will also underpin the 2016 Bentley SUV and a production version of the Lamborghini Urus which will be out in 2017.

Audi Q7 e-tron confirmed for current-gen model, next-gen due late 2015