Audi’s next-generation hybrid powertrain to debut in the Q5 SUV
The Audi Q5 SUV will feature an optional next-generation hybrid powertrain for the 2020 model year, Autocar revealed on Friday citing as source the company’s powertrain director Siegfried Pint, who claimed that the new system will get 20-30% more zero-emission range, “equating to up to 42 miles.”
The measure is part of Audi’s offensive aiming to launch 10 plug-in hybrids and 10 electric cars by 2025. The first vehicle that will include the new hybrid powertrain is said to be the upcoming 2020 Audi Q5 e-tron, closely followed by an A6 e-tron and Q3 e-tron models.
According to AutoCar, the Audi Q5 e-tron––spotted testing in the U.S. earlier this year––will be powered by a EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
The engine which produces 188 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, will be paired to an electric motor mounted to the seven-speed automatic gearbox will provide an additional 108 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.
While the Audi Q5 e-tron is expected to power the front wheels directly by the combustion engine, the electric motor will power the rear axle, earning the upcoming SUV (Sports Activity Vehicle) the highly-coveted Quattro badge. This is expected to be the quickest 2.0-liter powered Audi Q5 available.