Introducing the 2020 Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid: Your Very Own Efficiency Boost

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With the launch of an electric motor combined with a conventional TFSI gasoline engine, Audi of America is launching its first hybrid plug-in (PHEV) version of its iconic SUV—the Audi Q5. The innovative new hybrid plug-in SUV brings a touch of luxury to consumers paired with a compact but robust driving experience. The combination of regular all-wheel-drive Quattro, a powerful gasoline engine, and an eco-conscious electric motor improve output at a reasonable price point. The Audi Q5 TFSI e will not be alone in the Audi lineup for long as it will join the A8 TFSI e and the A7 TFSI e in upcoming months.

The Audi Q5 TFSI e is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor connecting the engine and a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, resulting in a total linked system output of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and making any road a breeze. The hybrid plug-in will operate nearly a second faster than the Audi Q5 to sprint at an amazing 5.0 seconds from 0-60 mph. The SUV is fully fitted with ultra technology and the brand-famous Audi quattro all-wheel drive capabilities.
 

Hybrid mode is automatically activated using route management in the MMI navigation system to maximize battery power over the course of the path taken to help reduce fuel consumption based on different sets of data points such as speed limits, road types, and the current onboard location data. Starting automatically in EV mode, where the vehicle is driven solely with the battery so long as the motorist does not push the accelerator beyond a perceptible variable pressure point, this mode is more than adequate for typical day-to-day driving. The battery capacity is kept at the current level in Battery Hold mode–which is helpful if the driver expects there will be a potential need for it later along the path.

The plug-in hybrid SUV's powertrain is specially designed to give the driver the most flexible driving experience possible. Through the boost feature, the electric motor assists the combustion engine to achieve higher horsepower and torque output than can be accomplished by the gasoline engine alone. 

It also boasts of predictive performance assist that is designed to improve efficiency and comfort by assisting the driver's acceleration and braking while adaptive cruise control (ACC) is enabled. The predictive performance assist controls the types of electric and traditional drives to help ensure that consumers benefit from the electric range and low fuel consumption of the vehicle.

 

As far as charging goes, the Q5 TFSI e comes equipped with a compact charging system that can be used at any SAEJ1772 charging station, with cables for both home and on the go. Drivers can take full advantage of the new tech with the plug-in specific applications in the myAudi app for additional information such as how long until it is fully charged.

 

Thinking of ways to help make the world a greener place? Look no further than the Audi Q5 TFSI e.

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