A new report indicates Audi will introduce an e-tron version of the second-gen Q7 sometime in 2015.

A new report indicates Audi will introduce an e-tron version of the second-gen Q7 sometime in 2015.

Auto Express is citing Audi insiders who have allegedly confirmed the Audi Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid will be out next year based on the second generation of the full-size SUV. It is expected to get the same hardware setup as the Porsche Cayenne S-E Hybrid which combines a V6 3.0-liter supercharged engine with an electric motor and a 10.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The conventional engine puts out 333 HP (245 kW) while the electric motor develops 95 HP (70 kW) to provide a combined output of 416 HP (306 kW) and 435 lb-ft (590 Nm) of torque. In the Cayenne, the hybrid setup enables the vehicle to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.9 seconds and a 151 mph (243 km/h) maximum speed or 77 mph (124 km/h) when running in electric mode. The Cayenne S-E Hybrid can be driven solely on electric power for up to 22 miles (36 km).

These figures should be significantly improved taking into consideration the all-new Audi Q7 will ride on the MLB Evo platform and is expected to shave off as much as 363 kg (800 lbs).

Chances are Audi will introduce the second generation Q7 in January at NAIAS in Detroit so the plug-in hybrid variant should arrive by mid-2015.

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