According to its designers, the new parallel hybrid system is modular and can easily be adapted to the rest of Audi’s lineup. The Q7 Hybrid features a 34kW electric motor sandwiched between a 280hp (206kW) 3.6L V6 FSI petrol engine and the vehicle’s torque converter, according to Automotive News. The electric motor provides an additional 285Nm (210lb-ft) of torque to the internal combustion engine’s 375Nm (277lb-ft).
As well as the hybrid, Audi plans to launch a new diesel Q7 in the U.S. with the most likely model being the current 3.0L V6 turbodiesel version sold in other markets. The diesel SUV will be available in all 50 states by the end of next year. Click here to see our previous story on the hybrid Q7.