Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro Hints At PHEV Rebound In Europe
Audi, just like BMW, is gearing up the next-generation of plug-in hybrids with more range and power.
This year Audi intends to fight back at the plug-in hybrid downturn caused by the switch from NEDC to WLTP through the introduction of a new generation PHEVs.
The German manufacturer announced at the Geneva Motor Show four new models:
- Audi Q5 TFSI e (two versions – comfort and performance)
- Audi A6 TFSI e (two versions – comfort and performance)
- Audi A7 Sportback TFSI e (two versions – comfort performance)
- Audi A8 TFSI e
And the first one will be the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro, scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.
Orders are already being accepted with a price tag of €60,450 ($67,495) in Germany. In the UK the Q5 PHEV starts at £55,000 OTR.
The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro, equipped with a 14.1 kWh battery will be able to go up to 40 km (26 miles) under the WLTP test cycle.
The second-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain is significantly upgraded compared to the previous generation (initially in the A3 e-tron).
According to the press release, Audi took care of the temperature comfort of both – battery cells and human beings – by using two cooling loops and a heat pump:
“The SUV’s lithium-ion battery is located under the luggage compartment floor. It is made up of 104 prismatic cells and stores 14.1 kWh of energy with a voltage of 381 volts. For optimal temperature control, its cooling loop is connected to both the coolant loop for the climate control system and the low-temperature cooling loop into which the electric motor and power electronics are also integrated. The climate control system uses a highly efficient heat pump that pools the waste heat from the high-voltage components. With 1 kW of electrical energy, it can generate up to 3 kW of thermal heating output. That makes the car more efficient and also provides a more comfortable climate for the occupants.”
Because a big share of car buyers are not yet ready for fully electric cars, we guess that the Q5 and other new-generation PHEVs, soon will really rebound – especially in countries that introduced incentives for such cars
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro specs:
- 14.1 kWh battery liquid cooled (104 prismatic cells, which are combined in eight modules)
- 381 V system voltage
- more than 40 km (26 miles) of WLTP all-electric range
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds
- top speed is 239 km/h (148.5 mph)
- electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph)
- system output of 270 kW (367 hp) and total torque of 500 Nm
- all-wheel drive
- 2.0 TFSI, a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine producing 185 kW (252 hp) and 370 Nm of torque, and an electric motor (PMSM) with a peak output of 105 kW and peak torque of 350 Nm, plus seven-speed S tronic
- 7.4 kW on-board charger for about 2-hour recharge