The 2015 Audi Q7 will soon be arriving in Asian markets and the automaker has just announced that they will also be adding a plug-in hybrid e-tron model available for purchase.
Unlike Europe where they get the diesel-powered e-tron that debuted back during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Asia will instead be getting a gasoline-fed e-tron model that consist of a 2.0-liter TFSI inline-four combined with an electric motor.
Much like the diesel e-tron, the full-size hybrid SUV will be based on the lighter and roomier 2015 Q7 that was first revealed at this year's Detroit Auto Show. Exterior bodywork pretty much carries over from the standard Q7 apart from an altered front bumper design.
The interior carries over as well and again like the diesel hybrid, Audi's MMI navigation system works in tandem with the hybrid system. It works by gathering live navigation data and then selects the appropriate drive modes that is best suited for the journey ahead.
At the heart of the gasoline-fed Q7 e-tron is a 2.0-liter TFSI inline-four that produces 252 PS and 370 Nm of torque. It is then paired up with an electric motor that puts out 128 PS and 350 Nm of torque, giving the full-size hybrid SUV a combined system output of 367 PS and 700 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds and has a limited top speed of 220 km/h.
Fitted with a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, it gives the hybrid an all-electric range of 53 km and a combined range of 1,020 km as it only averages 40 km/l on gasoline. Recharging of the battery pack on the other hand will only take 2 hours and 30 minutes tops.
The new Q7 is set to go on sale in Asia next year.