Audi reveals plug-in A8 and Q7

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Words: Nile Bijoux
9 Oct 2019

Audi is increasing its electrified portfolio with the new plug-in hybrid A8 and Q7 variants.

The pair look almost identical to their conventionally-powered siblings, with the only changes being mildly altered bumpers and an extra flap to conceal the charging port.

The instrument cluster now shows additional information like battery charge level while an EV button in the lower touchscreen allows the vehicles to run on electric power. Range is said to be up to 40km before the petrol engine kicks back in.

Speaking of which, the combustion part of the equation is taken care of by a 3.0-litre petrol V6 which, in tandem with the electric motor, offers a combined output of 325kW and 700Nm. Factor in all-wheel drive and the PHEV duo can hit 100km/h in around six seconds. The SUV gets a 17.3kWh battery pack while the sedan uses a 14.1kWh item.

Expect more electrification from Ingolstadt, with the manufacturer working on EVs based on no less than four different platforms.

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