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Q5 hybrid to debut at LA show

2010-11-10 06:47

SENSIBLE SUV: Electric motor driven by battery pack mounted under the rear loadbay area. Weight penalty unconfirmed.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model Q5 Hybrid
Engine 2.0 TFSI, electric
Power 189kW
Torque 480Nm
Zero To Hundred 7.1 sec
Audi’s ready to show off a production version of its hybrid Q5 SUV as an answer to lower fuel consumption, cleaner emissions and better performance.

The electrified Q5 should  be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show next Thursday, November 18.

A lithium battery pack spins 34kW of additional power from an electric motor to augment the two-litre TFSI engine’s 155kW. This combined peak output of 189kW trims the 0-100km/h benchmark sprint time to 7.1 sec (versus the non-hybrid car’s 7.2).

Although the 0-100km/h time is hardly a notable improvement on the internal combustion-only Q5, the hybrid’s accumulated 480Nm of torque should usher in strong mid-range acceleration.

Improved efficiency and a lower environmental impact is the Q5 hybrid’s raison d'être. To this end its reduction of CO2 emissions to 170g/km from the non-hybrid 2.0 TFSI’s 195g validates the design rationale behind Audi’s first production hybrid SUV.

Comprehensive details surrounding the Q5 hybrid can be expected as the car’s unveiling approaches - such as fuel consumption and the weight penalty of the rear axle-mounted battery pack and electric motor.

Sporting a fully homologated production hybrid drivetrain, the Q5 hybrid is expected to go on sale in selected Audi markets in 2011.


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