Usually, plug-in hybrids have a gasoline engine mated to the electric motor. Now Audi aims to introduce a plug-in hybrid that uses a diesel engine instead, to further cut consumption and emissions.

According to the brand’s technical development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi aims to secure a leadership position in the segment, beating to the start its main rivals – BMW and Mercedes-Benz – as it schedules the introduction of the plug-in hybrid diesel drivetrain as early as 2015.

“Diesel will remain one of the core values in Vorsprung durch Technik; we are putting our money in it,” he said. “The hybrid will be another argument to go for diesel in the U.S.,” he adds. “We have the combination of low CO2 emissions, necessary to meet market demand and regulations, and we have the diesel which gives a lot torque, which is very necessary for drive-ability.”

The first model that will most likely get the new powertrain is the next generation of the large Q7 SUV. The combination between a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine and an electric motor will be further used in the Q line of SUVs and then move to the A8 flagship. The drivetrain would also be offered both in the US and Europe.

Via Automotive News Europe


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