Audi of America is planning on launching its first diesel and hybrid models next year with the Audi Q7 SUV. While Audi has not said which other vehicles will get the parallel hybrid system, which can run in gasoline, an electric motor or both at the same time, several other Audi hybrids are expected to follow the Q7.
The Audi Q7 will be powered by a 3.6-liter that produces 280 horsepower and is mated to an electric engine. The hybrid system will use about 23 percent less fuel. Audi says it cannot provide a mileage range as of yet. The electric motor works at speeds of 12 to 15 mph without gasoline, and will go as fast as 31 mph.
The Audi Q7 diesel variant will be powered by a 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel engine producing about 230 hp and about 400 pounds-feet of torque. It will be available for all 50 states at the end of 2008. The diesel Audi Q7 is expected to have 600-mile range on one tank of gasoline.
Source: EGM Cartech