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Audi Q7 Sheds 700 Pounds, Gets Diesel Hybrid

January 15, 2015

Photo of 2016 Q7 courtesy of Audi.
Photo of 2016 Q7 courtesy of Audi.

Audi's Q7 flagship luxury SUV will lose 700 pounds for the 2015 model year in a redesign that should make the full-size, seven-passenger SUV the lightest in its segment, according to Audi.

The Q7 will be powered by a gasoline or diesel engine as well as a plug-in electric-diesel hybrid in with Audi's e-tron engine and all-wheel drive in late 2015. The Q7 will also be offered in a five-seat model.

The diesel Q7 will be the first plug-in hybrid with a diesel engine offered in the U.S., according to Audi. The model will produce 373 hp and reach a 34.8-mile range while operating in electric mode. The car can cover a total distance of 876 miles, according to the company.

The Q7's 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine makes 272 hp, while the 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine produces 333 hp.

Audi also plans to introduce three new "top models" by 2017 as a result of a $30 billion investment in the next five years.

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