Audi has confirmed that the Audi Q7 will not come with a hybrid option, instead they will focus on the Audi A4, Audi A5 and Audi Q5.
Despite claims made by Audi board manager Frank Dreves as recently as May that a petrol-electric Q7 SUV hybrid was in the works, latest reports indicate the project has been shelved. Speaking with Germany’s Der Spiegel, a spokesperson for the company said that the Q7 won’t be fitted with a hybrid system because sales predictions for such a vehicle were too low.
Audi’s U.S. chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed back in March that the Q7 hybrid had been ruled out for the U.S. market, the single biggest market for hybrid vehicles and SUVs. Instead, Audi will develop other hybrid models and continue to work with Porsche and Volkswagen to develop the technology.
Source: Motor Authority, Autobild