Audi reveals details on its soon-to-be-released Q5 hybrid model

Audi has revealed the specs of the plug-in rendition of the Q5 SUV, the first of four hybrid models that will electrify the company's current lineup

22 May 2019 - 19:53 By AFP Relaxnews
The 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro
The 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro
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Audi announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March that four of its existing models – the A6, A7, A8, and Q5 – will soon be available as plug-in hybrids. But the company had few details to offer regarding vehicle specs.

This week, however, the company officially took the wraps off the hybrid version of the Q5, now formally called the Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro, in terms of its specs.

The model is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a 105kW electric motor that together produce a peak output of 270kW and peak torque of 500Nm. In 5.3 seconds the hybrid Q5 can sprint from 0-100km/h and continue on to a top speed of 239km/h. In electric mode, the top speed clocks in at 135km/h.

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As the first hybrid to use the efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive system with ultra technology, this Q5 can automatically deactivate all-wheel drive when it's not necessary. According to Audi, "At low loads and a sufficient coefficient of friction between the wheels and the road surface, the transmission of power to the rear wheels is deactivated."

A predictive efficiency assistant helps drivers travel with greater energy efficiency by autonomously choosing when to coast with the engine off or when to use coasting to recover kinetic energy and convert it to power. It will even suggest to drivers when to let off the acceleration pedal to recover as much electrical power as possible.

Three driving modes are available:

  • Hybrid mode uses both the engine and the electric motor combined;
  • EV mode, which is what the vehicle is set to when it's turned on, allows the car to drive only using the battery; and
  • Battery Hold mode holds the battery capacity at a designated level.

Though market introduction of the Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro won't start until Q3 of this year, it is available for order in Germany starting at €60,450 (roughly R970,500).