A high-ranking official confirmed the next iteration in the e-tron electric family will be on the Q7 model, launching ahead of its next generation, due in late 2015.
While launching the first local Australian Audi brand campaign – “land of quattro” – managing director of Audi Australia, Andrew Doyle, confirmed the Q7 e-tron model, which should be shown before the six-year-old current generation is replaced.
After we saw the A1 e-tron and R8 e-tron concepts that will not go on sale, and the A3 e-tron that will actually be offered on sale, Doyle confirmed the Q7 e-tron will be the next electric model in the line-up. Although he offered no technical details regarding the SUV’s powertrain, considering the huge weight difference between the two models we can safely bet we are going to see something spectacular.
And by that we mean something a lot more powerful than the 150 HP 1.4-liter TFSI / 102 HP (75 kW) electric motor combo that exists in the A3 e-tron. We actually have high hopes in the line of what X6 ActiveHybrid has to offer (4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and two electric synchronous motors, good for 480 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque).
Audi has decided to wait until 2015 for the new Q7 since “it is still doing quite well actually, worldwide and in Australia.” according to Doyle, while the VW Touareg and its premium siblings Porsche Cayenne are due for the next generation in 2014.