The Audi Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model offered with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain, an Audi source told sibling publication Automotive News Europe.
The Q7 will debut next year with gasoline and diesel powertrains. A diesel plug-in hybrid will come later and will be sold in the U.S. and Europe, the source said. Rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer gasoline plug-in hybrids.
Volvo launched the first diesel plug-in hybrid last year, a version of the V60 offered in Europe.
This summer, Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg revealed the company's desire to beat its German rivals to market with a diesel plug-in hybrid. He said the A8 and Q7 would get diesel plug-in hybrid variants but did not confirm which would be first. He said the drivetrain will combine a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel and an electric motor.
Hackenberg said at the time that Audi also will offer diesel plug-in hybrid variants in the U.S., but did not specify which models.