While Europe will still get the diesel powertrain introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the U.S. and China will get a gasoline version instead, reports Automotive News Europe (subscription required).
The word comes from Audi’s outspoken technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg, who made the announcement at a press event Monday.
So instead of the previously-shown 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, U.S. buyers will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. Hackenberg did not discuss how this will affect the Q7’s total power output or performance.
Audi claims a total system output of 373 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, allowing for 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph.
The company has already said it will offer a 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft as the base non-hybrid Q7 engine in the U.S., so it’s possible the gasoline version of the e-tron will use it as well.
Audi could still add the diesel version to its U.S. lineup, Hackenberg said, noting that the brand’s diesel cars have done fairly well here.
The Q7 e-tron will go on sale in Germany in the spring of 2016, but Audi won’t say anything more specific than “next year” regarding the Q7 lineup’s U.S. launch.