Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg has revealed that the next-generation Audi Q7 will debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 in early January.

Arguably the most exciting thing about the new Audi Q7 is that it will be offered as a plug-in hybrid for the very first time. Additionally, the range will be topped by the Audi SQ7 which is set to utilise an electrically turbocharged engine similar to the recently revealed Audi RS5 TDI Concept.

Elsewhere in the range, there’s likely to be a twin-turbo V8 engine with upwards of 430 hp, a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 producing 310 hp and a selection of different diesel engines. These could include a 3.0-liter TDI V6 delivering 258 hp and a 4.2-liter V8 TDI with 385 hp. Additionally, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with 240 hp is possible.

Beyond the engines, the new Audi Q7 will feature the Volkswagen Group’s MLB structure which will also be utilised in the production-ready Bentley SUV, Lamborghini Urus and future Porsche Cayenne and Touareg models. Thanks to this extensive change, the 2015 Audi Q7 is expected to weigh at least 300 kg (660 pounds) less than the current car.

[Via Carscoops]

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