Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid gets a 14.1 kWh battery pack and the claimed EV range is around 40 km; the battery pack is placed underneath the boot
Audi officially revealed the new Q5 Plug-In Hybrid model at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Along with the Q5, the company also showcased A6, A7 and A8 PHEV models. The Plug-In Hybrid models in Audi’s range is named as TFSI e. The German manufacturing is offering two variants of Q5 Plug-In Hybrid – 50 TFSI e and 55 TFSI e, the latter is focused towards performance.
The Q5 TFSI e uses a 14.1 kWh battery pack and it is expected to give a range of about 40 km, which can vary depending on road conditions, weather and also driving mode. The combined output of petrol engine and the electric motor on Q5 50 TFSI e is 295 hp and 450 Nm while the Q5 55 TFSI e puts out 363 hp and 500 Nm of torque.
Audi won’t offer Quattro all-wheel-drive system with Q5 as it will be exclusive for the flagship A8 model. The SUV comes with eight-speed automatic transmission as standard and it is specially tuned for the hybrid system. According to the company, the Q5 Plug-in hybrid model is expected to give around 40 km of all-electric range.
The Q5 TFSI e gets a regenerative braking system, which will increase battery range and the company has also given a 7.2 kW onboard charger. The battery for the plug-in hybrid system is placed in the boot. When compared to the regular model, the boot space will be slightly lower and the exact numbers are not yet revealed
Audi is offering three different driving modes with Q5 Plug-In hybrid model – EV, Auto and Hold. In EV mode, the Q5 will be driven using electric power. In Auto mode, the computer will switch from battery and IC power depending on the requirement. The Hold mode is for maximum efficiency of the electric motor as the battery charge will be maintained.
Along with this, the Q5 TFSI e comes with usual Audi driving modes like Comfort, Efficiency, Auto and Dynamics. The powerful 55 TSI e gets S package as standard and the changes include sporty suspension for better handling, boost performance for the electric motor and minor changes for the interior like new colour accents.