And it's more powerful than the base V6.
Early last year, Audi introduced a slew of new plug-in hybrid models to its lineup. Of these PHEVs, only the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e SUV and A8 60 TFSI e sedan have been confirmed for the US market, until now. The 2021 Audi A7 Hybrid has just been announced in the US and will go by the 55 TFSI e moniker. The A7 PHEV utilizes the smallest engine in the range, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which combines with an electric motor to produce 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Like the non-hybrid A7, power goes out through a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The hybrid A7 is actually more powerful than the standard 55 TFSI, which only produces 335 horsepower and 396 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. Audi says the hybrid can hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, putting it just half-a-second off the pace of the gas model.
No electric range or fuel economy figures are available yet but we expect it to be able to travel around 26 miles on a full charge. Audi says the A7 Hybrid will hold EV mode so long as the driver doesn't pass a variable, perceptible pressure point on the accelerator pedal. The car can also run on Battery Hold mode, where it will save the electric charge for later use.
The A7 Hybrid includes the S line exterior package as standard, giving it unique front and rear fascias, fender badges, and illuminated door sill inlays. Other standard features include HD Matrix LED headlights, four-zone automatic climate control, advanced key, and virtual cockpit with PHEV-specific displays.
Pricing for the A7 Hybrid starts at a reasonable $74,900 for the Premium Plus trim. This is barely more expensive than the non-hybrid in Premium Plus guise, which starts at $74,350. Factoring in a potential $6,712 federal tax credit, the hybrid is actually the less expensive option.
Stepping up to the Prestige trim brings the price to $80,250 (compared to $78,350 for the non-hybrid) but it does add a head-up display, power soft-closing doors, and available massage seats. The base non-hybrid A7 starts at $69,200 while the more powerful S7 starts at $84,400 for the Premium Plus trim or $90,300 for the Prestige.