Audi stops worrying and learns to love the plug: A6, A8, Q7 plug-in hybrids coming

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Audi is known for its fuel-efficient TDI diesel models, but that may not be the only green technology the German carmaker is interested in.

According to Indian Autos Blog, Audi plans to add several plug-in hybrid models to its lineup over the next few years.

In addition to the upcoming A3 Sportback e-tron and a rumored A4 plug-in, the company is reportedly planning plug-in versions of the next A6, A8, and Q7 to meet stricter emissions regulations.

A redesigned Q7 is due next year, so it will be the first of Audi’s larger models to receive a plug-in powertrain. Details of that powertrain are nonexistent, and it’s possible Audi might hold it until after the rest of the Q7 range debuts.

However, if the A3 Sportback e-tron is any indication, future Audi plug-in hybrids may not totally ignore performance. The A3’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor produce 204 horsepower, a decent amount of power for a small hatchback.

All this indicates that Audi has stopped worrying and learned to love the plug.

Audi has shown little interest in electrified cars until recently, preferring to promote its diesels instead. The expansion of its plug-in hybrid lineup – along with the resurrection of the R8 e-tron electric supercar and rumors of a Q8 e-tron electric SUV – mark a complete change of direction.

With every luxury carmaker from Mercedes-Benz to Rolls-Royce considering more electrification to meet stricter global emissions standards, it may prove to be a smart move.

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