Audi Q7 to Get Diesel-Electric Powertrain
2014 Audi Q7
Audi will offer its Q7 luxury SUV with a diesel-electric powertrain in the U.S. and Europe in 2015, reports Automotive News.
The luxury SUV will be the second vehicle to come equipped with diesel-electric technology. Volvo was the first to introduce a vehicle with a plug-in hybrid diesel engine.
Although Audi wasn't the trail blazer in this segment, it still beat Mercedes-Benz and BMW to the punch line.
The report also mentioned that this technology will be availble in the A8 model, but the automaker didn't specify whether this offering would come to the Q7 or A8 first.
Sales of diesel passenger cars have been steadily increasing in 2014. During the first six months of 2014, sales of diesel cars grew by 25 percent, according to data from the Diesel Technology Forum.
Volvo introduced in its V60, diesel-electric plug-in technology last year. However, this variant is only available in Europe.