According to Auto Express, Audi has announced through the voice of chief technical officer Ulrich Hackenberg plans to introduce an e-tron version of the facelifted A8.

According to Auto Express, Audi has announced through the voice of chief technical officer Ulrich Hackenberg plans to introduce an e-tron version of the facelifted A8.

Audi's forthcoming e-tron technology involves a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and an electric motor generating a combined output of 204 PS (150 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) in the A3 e-tron. That wouldn't be enough for the significantly larger and heavier A8 which is why the e-tron system is set to evolve into something more powerful.

Instead of using a gasoline engine, the Audi A8 e-tron will feature a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel (likely sourced from the RS5 TDI concept) working with an electric motor to provide a maximum power of 368 PS (271 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). This hardware arrangement will allow the A8 e-tron cover distances of up to 30 miles (48 km) running only on electric power and in hybrid mode it will have CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km.

Audi will reveal the new e-tron system early next year and will start production shortly thereafter for the A8 e-tron but other big cars like the A6 and Q7 will also be offered with the same setup in the future.

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