• Feb 7th 2011 at 3:01PM
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Audi Q5 Hybrid previewed – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Audi's upcoming 2012 Q5 Hybrid was a no show at last year's LA Auto Show, leaving us short on specs for the automaker's gas-electric crossover. However, late last week, Audi poured out the details on the Q5's battery pack at a presentation at the 2011 Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in Pasadena, CA.

The Q5 Hybrid sports an air-cooled 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Sanyo, which provides the crossover with an electric-only range of approximately 1.9 miles at a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour. The li-ion pack tips the scales at 77 pounds and the combined weight of all of the necessary hybrid components is listed at 286 pounds.

The Q5's electric-drive system is mated to a turbocharged, 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder gasoline engine, which puts out 208 horsepower. The crossover's electric motor adds another 44 horsepower to the mix and boosts torque to a total 354 pound-feet. Those stout numbers allow the Q5 to crack off the 0-60 mph run in a few ticks over seven seconds.

The 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid is scheduled to launch in Europe this spring and in North America before year's end. Hop the jump for a detailed look at the design and operation of the Audi Q5 Hybrid.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It most be a small but powerful battery to go to that high speed but only for 1.9 miles and this look to be a very costly car to build with few promises. This is something to forget today. they are only there to do pr for exxon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHY Audi WHY?

      Why don't you make a Hybrid A4 instead?
      The A4 is a good car. With Quattro it is better than this wanna be "SUV"
      The fact your first hybrid is a SUV means you did not get it.

      This is an attempt to boos the miserable mpg of the Q5. It is noch bad, but much higher than compared to a similar older car. (my 13 year Golf with AWD and an identical weight + risen suspension uses only half of the fuel)

      I always wanted a A4. Liked the car, but the A4 Duo, was killed, so I ended up with a prius after my golf.

      As I said an A4 Hybrid with quattro would be a seller.
      Quattro works so fine in the Snow. you don't need a fake SUV for that.
      If you need a higher suspension pick the allroad.

      oh why....
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's more space in an SUV to put in the extra equipment needed for a hybrid without compromising utility too much, or at least I suspect that is Audi's rationale.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are several hybrid SUVs on the market, none have done all that well in sales. While their fuel economy is better than equivalent non-hybrids, it is still well below that of compact and midsize hybrid sedans, which gets the largest share of the hybrid market.

        So why is Audi pushing an SUV for their first hybrid? Two possibilities:

        It's an attempt to revive once-profitable SUV sales, which have been lagging due to poor fuel economy and high fuel prices.

        It's simply easier to cram the hybrid components into a large SUV than to carefully engineer them to fit into a small sedan, and this was a rush job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I you the following link giving some interesting information regarding the replaced and added new components. In particular it shows how the electric engine is inserted replacing the clutch or converter. Also so specific components such as the 'secondairy air pump' (see at; 1mn 26) I guess used for the break? and the battery and electric engine cooling.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't buy that. It lack specs, it's not economical nor green. This is a s*it box constantly changing, with dubious specifications. Even with this article and film , i have no clue how it is build. Im sure it is a project from a commitee that need a job up to 2020 and beyoung with hard work to do everyday and a corresponding salary. They are not carguys because they speak to the general public with simple and confusing spec. How it can go to 62 mph with electricity alone but for only 1.9 miles ??? with a lighweight battery. Are the ice working with a transmission or is it a serial hybrid like the volt ? There no solar panel on the roof too. Stop any expenditures toward audi, till they start to sell a green car that cost few, don't pollute and drive better then their actual cars.

      I said many times to convert old cars and truck with a natural gas tank, then fill at home this tank with hydrogen gas because it cost nothing. That project is good for 10-20 years before we ever need a ''NEW'' products from audi, gm, ford, toyota or any other one that polluted and destroyed my wallet with unnessary fueling costs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is not the capability of the Germans to design anything simple...they simply cannot do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fuel economy please?
      • 4 Years Ago
      so audi has discovered the prius style hybrid and pretends it's new and awesome. big whoop.
      not even atkinson cycle

      not green at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Atikinson would probably require a different transmission setup.
        CVTs are considered lame here so they bolt an 7 gear tranny to an electric engine.

        BMW added several clutches and planetary gearsets in their X6 hybrid to simulate gear changes. NO JOKE!!! They are wasting energy.

        But as the Toyota has the patents on the PSD Power split device, Audi has to come up with different solution.
        Hell my 7 Year old prius and its old fashioned nimh has more elecric ponies.
        But I hope they will introduce the car.

        It is a begin, and hopefully they will widen the use of it.
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