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Audi Q7 e-tron Getting Gas Engine in US

The Audi Q7 e-tron will get two plug-in hybrid variants.

The German automaker will appeal to different markets by offering a gasoline plug-in hybrid for the U.S. and China while the diesel variant will arrive in Europe. As the company’s second plug-in hybrid, the Q7 plug-in diesel will feature a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine paired to an electric motor for a combined system output of 373 hp. The diesel version of the Q7 e-tron will also be capable of driving 35 miles on electric power alone.

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As for the U.S. and China markets, Audi will replace the diesel engine with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, although Audi did say it could still add the diesel variant at a later date. Audi development boss Ulrich Hackenburg said the company’s modular system will allow Audi to react to the different needs of the world.

The new Q7 diesel plug-in will go on sale in Germany starting spring 2016 and the company has not announced a time frame on when it’ll arrive other markets.

[Source: Automotive News]

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