Rumors out of Australia say we'll be seeing a new variant of the Audi Q7 when the next-generation models bows in a few years. Joining the diesel and gas range will be the second production member of Audi's E-Tron family, which was introduced by the R8 E-Tron, but will actually see production in the form of the A3 E-Tron.

Speaking with Audi's managing director in Australia, Andrew Doyle, Car Advice asked what the future held now that the electrified R8 had effectively been shelved. "I don't see it [R8 E-Tron] as a major thing for us. We'll launch [locally] with A3, followed by Q7..."

The new Q7 will share its platform with the Volkswagen Group's two other large SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. But, as Car Advice is quick to point out, the Porsche and VW variants are slated for arrive next year - the second-generation Q7 won't arrive until 2015. Doyle refused to explain the discrepancy.

Car Advice seemed to think the Q7 E-Tron will end up being a gas-electric hybrid, but we wouldn't be so sure. Audi has hinted that it will tap into its Le Mans-winning, diesel-electric know-how for an eventual production car, and considering the Q7 has a fairly strong association with diesel, both in the US and abroad, it seems like it'd be a solid candidate for the race-proven technology. This could also explain the extra lead time between the arrival of the Q7 and its platform mates. Looks like we'll need to wait until 2015 to find out.


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      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      E-Tron, Audi's way of saying "We can make great electric cars, but we just won't for the hell of it". Yes, I've read the article, this is just a pointless bash.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k.naz
        More like they wish they could, but since there is truth in engineering they actually can't but they'll market a lie to investors anyway...
      Corey Jahns
      • 1 Year Ago
      E-Tron... terrible name.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Corey Jahns
        Sounds like something Honda would come up with (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive?).
        Myself
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Corey Jahns
        The original Tron movie was cool. Audis are not.
        Technoir
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Corey Jahns
        In French, it means litterally "feces".
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Audi wants to be Tesla so badly and they keep coming up with vaporware. Now they turn E-tron into a hybrid? LOL. What a cop out and it probably still won't come out.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait for this bloated FUV to go away.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      This vehicle needs a 400lb weight drop. That and the 3.0 biturbo with 313hp would provide good acceleration with over 30mpg on the highway. Offer a 3.0tw 354hp for a regular gas model and a hybrid version. S versions can get V8 and V8 diesel engines
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a pig.
      SethG
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Discrepancy?" The Toureg, Cayenne and Q7 may share a platform but I don't recall them ever being on the same release schedule. There may be Q7 e-tron coming but I don't look at the fact that the Audi is getting an update in a different year from the VW as evidence.
      itsme38269
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bet they won't actually make it. Audi's behavior here is so transparent - Tesla came out with the Roadster, Audi said it would make a 2 seat EV sportscar which goes fast, then never produced it. Tesla announces the Model X, Audi says it will make a crossover SUV EV, but will never produce it. This is vaporware.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Luc K
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Q7 E-tron model was confirmed already last year for 2015 in internal VW presentation last August. However that doesn't mean plans change. Also the A6 E-tron was in that presentation: http://www.handelskammer.se/sites/handelskammer.se/files/prof._dr._wolfgang_steiger_-_vw.pdf
      Luc K
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Car Advice seemed to think the Q7 E-Tron will end up being a gas-electric hybrid, but we wouldn't be so sure." Yeah I don't think so. Diesel hybrids are way too expensive plus they put the resources in E-Tron so why not re-use that also for Q7/A6. The A3 will come April (Europe first) with estimated 21 mile EPA range (50 km ECE).
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      When you put a question mark behind the word confirmed, that means it's not confirmed.
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