Audi Q5 TFSI e debuts Plug-in Hybrid Charge.


The Audi Q5 Hybrid is set to join the range and make a suitably progressive statement by combining the economical and environmental benefits of electrified driving, with the demand-led efficiency of quattro with ultra-technology for the first time.

When in electric mode only, the new hybrid Q5 produces a range of over 26 miles and a top speed of 84mph which allows you to cover most everyday driving distances, including your drive to work and motorway journeys without the backup of the petrol engine.

The New Audi Q5 is available for order in early June 2019, with first deliveries scheduled to hit the UK during the fourth quarter of this year.

The new drive concept combines a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine producing 252PS and 370 Nm of torque on electric power alone. Drive is sent through a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox which allows for a 0-62mph sprint of just 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 148mph. Overall, the hybrid Q5 SUV impresses with a system output of 367 PS and total torque of 500 Nm.

The Audi Q5’s lithium-ion battery is situated beneath the luggage compartment floor, made up of 104 prismatic cells that stores 14.1 kWh of energy with a voltage of 381 volts.

The Q5’s climate control system uses a highly efficient heat pump that pools the excess heat from its high-voltage components. With just 1 kW of electrical energy, the Q5 can generate up to 3 kW of thermal heating output, making the Audi Q5 hybrid far more efficient and ultimately providing a more comfortable climate for all passengers.

The hybrid Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro is supplied as standard with the compact charging system, plus a mode 3 cable with type 2 plug for use at public charging stations.  The compact charging system includes cables for your household and industrial outlets plus a control unit. This system features LED status display and safety functions such as temperature and residual current monitoring. The Audi Q5 also offers an optional charging clip, a lockable wall-mounted holder for the charging system. When charging the lithium ion battery, the charger comes with maximum power of 7.4 kW. Even whilst at a 220V household outlet, an empty battery can be fully and conveniently recharged overnight in roughly six hours however, times may vary due to UK’s 230V supply.

Hybrid mode is activated automatically together with route guidance in the navigation system. It can also be activated manually by using the Mode button. In Hybrid mode, the battery charge will be optimally distributed over the route to reduce fuel consumption, with primarily electric driving in urban areas and stop-and-go traffic. This system can choose between freewheeling with the engine switched off and coasting recuperation; coasting recuperation can recover up to 25 kW of power. If route guidance is active in the MMI navigation system, the predictive operating strategy attempts to drive the last urban segment of the route all-electrically and arrive at the destination with the drive battery nearly empty.

Besides Hybrid mode, the driver can also choose between EV and Battery Hold modes. When EV mode is in use, the car is driven exclusively electrically, providing the driver does not push the accelerator past a certain point. The EV mode is the base setting each time the vehicle starts. When in Battery Hold mode, battery capacity is held at the current level.

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e blends with a generous list of standard equipment. LED headlights with High Beam Assist, 20-inch contrasting grey alloy wheels, fully electric adjustable sport seats with a massage function, three-zone automatic climate control and a Technology pack incorporating virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation High and PHEV-specific displays and are all fitted as standard and form part of the S line Competition specification. Front and rear S line bumpers make a strong visual impact, and a sporty diffuser and unique grill design add to the muscular look of the vehicle.

The myAudi app enables Audi owners to use the services from the connect portfolio of their smart device, which is particularly practical with electrified models. The app can be used to check the battery and range status, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the consumption statistics. Another exciting function of the myAudi app is preheating/precooling prior to departure. In this case the climate control system is powered electrically, meaning the owner can determine exactly how the interior should be heated or cooled whilst the battery is being charged. Dependant on the optional equipment chosen, the same applies to the seat and steering wheel heating, heating of the windscreen, rear window and mirrors and the seat cooling.

If this sounds like the kind of drive you are looking for, whether commuting or heading out with the family, contact your nearest Vindis Audi centre to stay updated on the Audi Q5 Hybrid’s release. 

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