• Nov 10, 2010
Audi Q5 Hybrid previewed – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Audi has big plans for this year's LA Auto Show. The company plans to unveil an all-new hybrid version of its Q5, and a couple of videos of the machine have already made their way onto the internet. From what we can tell, power comes courtesy of a 208 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to a 44 horsepower electric motor. All told, the set up is good for 354 pound-feet of torque.

Those are stout numbers by any measure, but the really impressive bit comes from the fact that the vehicle can whisk along on full-electric power for up to 1.9 miles, all while cracking off a 0-60 mph run in a little over seven seconds. Keep your peepers peeled for more information as we move closer to the LA show.

*UPDATE: Audi has told us that the Q5 Hybrid will not be appearing at the LA Auto Show.

[Source: World Car Fans]





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      • 4 Hours Ago
      Looks complicated, heavy, and expensive. The awd electric system is interesting though in that it should be able to capture regenerative energy better than current vehicles. For an SUV this will probably get decent city mileage. If it provides decent numbers they should downsize the engine, add a few more kWh and introduce this drive system in an A3.
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Been waiting on this car for nearly two years as a replacement for my 2006 Highlander Hybrid. The new Highlander is just too freaking big for my taste. No mention of when and estimated mpg? Really thought they'd be coming our with the tdi version before the hybrid.
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Several sites mention combined mileage of 7l / 100km (ECE). That would be roughly 27mpg EPA combined. Not bad but not as good as the RX450h (-10%) and it won't be available by end of 2011. Also fairly sure price will exceed the RX450h by decent margin.

      I agree why not take smaller engine so they could have gotten even better mileage since it should have been still plenty fast.
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Here a few more specs
      consumption: 16,5 mpg
      0-60mph: 7,1 sec
      topspeed: 138 mph

      But how will it do compared with the Lexus RX 450h...?

      • 4 Hours Ago
      How fast can it go in EV mode? It has half the EV HP as a Prius, more complex drivetrain (AWD) and more weight and size, I can't imagine it can go much more than 35mph on electricity.

      What's the mpg?

      I'm not clear why we didn't get a TDI Q5 before this hybrid.
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Seems a bit odd to me to have a battery at the back powering a motor at the front which is then sending the drive to all 4 wheels. Here is what I would do.

      Change the 2.0 TSI + auto for a 1.2 or 1.4 TSI 6 spd manual driving the front wheels
      Remove the 4WD system and a second electric motor driving the rear wheels
      Bump the battery up to 2.5 kWh so it can power both electric motors at the same time and push the electric range up to 5km. The extra battery can be fitted down the centre of the vehicle where the drive shaft used to be.
      Plug added so the battery can be topped up, and cabin / engine can be preheated / cooled.

      Benefits
      Much lower drive train losses (Auto + 4WD ~15-20% FWD manual ~5-10%)
      400Nm of electric torque on tap
      Push CO2 closer to 130g/km