Audi has announced the 2016 Q7 e-tron will carry a starting price in Germany of €80,500 once it will go on sale next spring.

Looking virtually identical as the regular second generation Q7, the more frugal e-tron derivative mixes up a 258 PS & 600 Nm V6 3.0-liter TDI engine with an electric motor to generate a combined output of 373 PS (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque which ensures a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6 seconds and a 140 mph (225 km/h) top speed. Power is channeled to a newly developed quattro permanent all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox.

More importantly, fuel consumption (according to the ECE standard) stands at an amazing 1.7 liters / 100 km (138.4 mpg US / 166 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km. It can also be driven in full electric mode for as much as 35 miles (56 km) thanks to a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and promises to offer a total range of up to 870 miles (1,400 km) which makes it an ideal companion for extended journeys.

It comes as standard with LED headlights, but at an additional cost you will be able to select the optional matrix LED technology granting superior lighting performances. All versions come with the fancy 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit fully digital instrument cluster and those willing to pay more can also add a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 23 speakers pushing out 1,920 watts of power.

While Europe is getting the Q7 e-tron with a 3.0 TDI engine, Asian markets and United States will get the model with a smaller 2.0 TFSI engine which together with the electric motor will have a combined 367 PS (270 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).

Gallery: Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro priced from €80,500, new images released

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