Audi Q7 Gets Potent New PHEV Powertrains

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But will it sell either here in the United States?

Go down to your local Audi dealer (here in the US) and place an order for a new Q7, and you'll have two engines to choose between: the 45 TFSI with a 2.0-liter turbo four, or the 55 TFSI with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. But now the German automaker is rolling out a new powertrain option (in Europe at least), and it's a hybrid.

Called the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro, the new model pairs that 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with an electric assist for plug-in hybrid capability. And it's being offered in two states of tune.

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The base version (dubbed 55 TFSI e) produces 375 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, which is already more output than even the more potent of the conventional, internal-combustion engines already offered Stateside. But there's an even more powerful version (called the 60 TFSI e), kicking out 449 hp and 516 lb-ft, which is nearly twice as much punch as our base 45 TFSI.

With the two powertrain components working together, the new Audi Q7 55 TFSI e will rocket to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds, and the 60 TFSI e will do the same in just 5.7.

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The electric motor is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic transmission and is juiced by a 17.3-kWh battery. Both versions will cruise down the highway under electric power alone at speeds up to 84 mph and go for 27 miles before the internal-combustion engine needs to kick in.

Audi is selling the new hybrid Q7s in Germany for €74,800 and €89,500, respectively, compared to the €70,500 it charges locally for the conventional Q7 55 TFSI (which starts at $59,950 in the US). The question is whether it'll offer the new plug-in hybrids here in America as a stepping stone to the all-electric e-tron crossover. And for that, we'll have to wait and see.

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