A source close to Audi has told Automotive News Europe the second generation Q7 will get a plug-in hybrid version with a diesel engine.

A source close to Audi has told Automotive News Europe the second generation Q7 will get a plug-in hybrid version with a diesel engine.

The all-new Audi Q7 will be introduced next year with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines while later on it will eventually get an e-tron derivative packing a turbodiesel engine. Based on a previous statement made by Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the model will make use of a 3.0-liter V6 diesel combined with an electric motor but other specifications are not available at this point.

This hardware arrangement will also be offered in the next generation A8 set to go on sale in 2017 and inaugurate Audi's next styling direction which has already been previewed by the Prologue concept.

To our knowledge, the only other plug-in hybrid diesel commercialized in Europe is the 1,955 kg Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid which mixes up a five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, an electric motor, six-speed automatic transmission and 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The conventional engine generates 215 HP (158 kW) & 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) sent to the front wheels whereas the electric motor produces 70 HP (51 kW) & 200 Nm (149 lb-ft) delivered to the rear axle.

Needless to say, the Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid will be more powerful since it will likely be much heavier than the Volvo, even though the MLB Evo platform is expected to shave off as much as 363 kg (800 lbs) from Ingolstadt's full-size SUV.

Note: As pointed out by WCF user piotrkorycki3, the V60 isn't the only plug-in diesel hybrid as PSA also has the HYbrid4 system offered on various models.

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