Audi working on PHEV Q5?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
2 Oct 2018

Audi’s just-announced e-tron electric SUV is about to go toe to toe with the Mercedes EQC and BMW’s i3X. Meanwhile, the Four Rings is hitting the electric ground running and is hard at work on a plug-in version of the Q5 for next year.

It will have an electric range of up to 67km, and be powered by Audi’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 140kW and 320Nm. An electric motor is expected to add another 80kW/300Nm.

Power from the petrol engine will be sent to the front wheels while the electric motor will power the rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability.

No other major changes to the car are expected, meaning it will retain electromechanical steering and Dynamic suspension and will be offered with the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display. The design will also stay the same, other than e-tron badges and a charging socket.

The Q5 e-tron is tipped to precede electrified versions of the A6 and Q3.

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