Audi New Zealand has today introduced the first model of its new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) range to New Zealand, the Q5 50 TFSI e quattro, with pricing and specification being announced.
Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 195kW and 370Nm of torque which is connected to an electric motor to create a combined output of 220kW and 450Nm.
The Q5’s lithium-ion battery sits underneath the boot floor and has a capacity of 14.1kWh with a voltage of 381V. To optimise efficiency, a cooling loop has been connected to the SUV’s climate control system to keep temperatures of both the electric motor and battery low.
It wouldn’t be a quattro without an all-wheel drive system which makes use of the electric motor integrated into the seven-speed transmission which transmits power to all four wheels. Under low loads like when cruising, drive to the the rear wheels is disconnected but always remains available.
Audi has also fitted the Q5 PHEV with its predictive efficiency assistant (PEA) system which adjusts coasting recuperation behaviour to the situation at hand. This allows the vehicle to choose between freewheeling with the engine switched off or to recuperate electricity when coasting.
A variety of driving modes are also available which allow the driver to switch between hybrid, fully electric, and battery hold mode with the latter keeping battery capacity held at its current level. A maximum range of 62km is achievable in fully electric mode.
As for specification, the Q5 PHEV comes standard with S line styling which includes a S line-specific radiator protective grille (honeycomb style) in titanium black, an S line roof edge spoiler, roof rails with roof rack detection, and the S line emblem on the wings.
The model also features LED headlights, sport front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a convenience key, and 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
It also comes with Audi’s Compact charging system plus which includes a Mode 3 cable with a Type 2 plug for use at public charging stations. The Compact charging system comprises cables for household and industrial outlets plus a control unit too.
Audi is also offering individual home assessment and installation services for the charging system through HRV. If you purchase any new e-tron or TFSI e plug-in hybrid vehicle from an Approved Audi dealership, Audi will contribute up to $1750 (including GST) towards home installation.
The plug-in hybrid Audi Q5 50 TFSI e quattro is on sale now and is priced at $114,990 plus on road costs.