Audi’s full-size SUV, the Q7 will reportedly be Volkswagen Group’s first diesel plug-in hybrid vehicle. According to Automotive News Europe, the next-generation Audi Q7 will be released next year and will be available in either gasoline or diesel powertrains, with the diesel plug-in hybrid to be available only in Europe and USA.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s Board Member for Technical Development revealed their plans to make a plug-in diesel hybrid since other companies only offer gas-powered hybrids. He also added that besides the Q7, the A8 will also be getting the diesel hybrid powertrain but did not confirm which one will be equipped first. There are no official specifications yet but Hackenberg claimed that the diesel plug-in hybrid will be a 3.0-liter V6 coupled with an electric motor.
Hackenberg added that Audi’s diesel technology has helped cut CO2 emissions while at the same time increased sales.
“Diesel will remain one of the core values in Vorsprung durch Technik; we are putting our money in it,” said Hackenberg.
Audi’s CEO, Rupert Stadler was also keen on equipping their cars with hybrid powertrains. Stadler stated that plug-in hybrids are the best solution for low-emission vehicles since hybrids do not have any range constraints unlike electric powered cars.