Ok here's the deal. Audi is building a hybrid
Q7. It will be launched in late 2008. After our last report
on the subject, I contacted Audi US spokesman Christian Bokich to get clarification on the on-again, off-again hybrid SUV. Chris verified that Audi AG will indeed build a Q7 hybrid and that no plans for U.S. availability have been announced. The only new Q7 variant that has been announced for the U.S. is the 3.0L TDI diesel
. Our European friends will, however, have access to the gas electric powertrain that pairs up a 3.6L direct injected V6 with a electric drive. The V6 will apparently put out 280bhp and 277lb-ft f torque. Combined with a battery and motor, this configuration is expected to yield around 24mpg - about the same as the diesel Q7 I recently sampled
. According to a Channel 4 report from the UK, the Q7 system was developed along with Porsche's system for the Cayenne; that one won't appear in production until 2010.
[Source: Audi, Channel4.com