Audi Q5 To Introduce Automaker’s Next-Gen PHEV Setup In 2019


The first Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid e-tron is set to debut next year.

The next-generation of Audi’s hybrid powertrain is set to debut next year. The system is said to provide up to a third more range than the outgoing system, which allows the A3 e-tron and Q7 e-tron to achieve 31 miles of electric-only range. The news was revealed through Audi powertrain director Siegfried Pint. He claims that the next generation of PHEVs will get 20-30% more zero-emission range, equating to 42 miles.

The news comes in the midst of Audi’s offensive in which the German carmaker aims 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 US earlier this year – will be powered by Audi’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. In the Q5 e-tron, the engine produces 188 horsepower and 236lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, an electric motor mounted to the seven-speed automatic gearbox will provide an additional 108 horsepower and 221lb ft of torque. Unfortunately, performance data is yet to be revealed by the carmaker.

However, the Audi Q5 e-tron is expected to power the front wheels directly by the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) powerplant. The electric motor – located in the back – is to power the rear axle, earning the upcoming SUV (Sports Activity Vehicle) the highly-coveted Quattro badge. According to several sources, this is expected to be the quickest 2.0 liter powered Audi Q5 available. As for any other changes when compared to the rest of the Audi Q5 range, no major changes are expected. The vehicle will supposedly regain its electromechanical steering and Dynamic suspension. Furthermore, it will be available with the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display option as well.

Source: AutoCar

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18 Comments on "Audi Q5 To Introduce Automaker’s Next-Gen PHEV Setup In 2019"

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Getting there.. . To me 47 miles (in real life) would cover 95% of my trips.
Now put this in a van. .

Pacifica Hybrid has 33ish.

I have not seen that car in Europe, which is strange – since it would have no competition.
To me, it seats too few people. I need one that seats 9, and have room for luggage. I could use one with 11-13 seats too, but 9 is a minimum.
So the smallest type is a VW Caravelle in the long version and up to Mercedes Sprinter, FIAT Ducato, Ford Transit type of vans.
I need a PHEV or a pure BEV with about 250km real world range with some kind of fast charging.

Sheesh, never would have guessed it would take 8 years from the Volt’s introduction to see small SUV PHEVs with decent (25+ miles) of EV range. Definitely didn’t think we would see pure EV small SUVs with 200+ miles before the PHEVs! I still think these PHEVs are more versatile than the full EV equivalent of course. It will be interesting to see how the market responds.

It’s a strategy that seems to work quite well for BMW

Not impressed with 42 miles of electric range and the maintenance cost of an ICE.

Why won’t they even try to match the Volt let alone produce something better. This POS is going to cost twice as much as a Volt but have significantly less range. To top it off it sounds like it’s not even a true EV like the Volt. By true EV I mean a vehicle that can run entirely on battery as long as the battery has charge. You can go 90 MPH in the Volt without turning on the ICE, it’s there for range extension only. The Audi is driving one set of wheels with the electric motors and the other set with the ICE, that’s not a true EV.

I surprised this would be even sell in Europe. I thought I just read that any EV that produces over 50 CO2 ( I can remember the unit of measurement) doesn’t qualify for a $3,500 rebate.

With this sort of all-electric range, I would assume it has a good change of fitting within the 50 g/km envelope?…

The Volt is not a true EV in the range extender sense like the i3…
The Volts ICE is mated to the transmission for efficiency purposes…

The ICE only mates to the transmission in a very few limited amount of circumstances. 90% of the time, the ICE only acts as a generator.

Not this old tired saw again. The volt is Electric Enough, ok? I’m only disappointed the GEN 2 isn’t as reliable as Lutz’s GEN 1. Whoda thunk it?

That’s right up there with saying that the BMW I3 REX isn’t a TRUE ELECTRIC, since if the water cooled engine starts, the water will be used to heat the cabin instead of ELECTRICALLY. That dumb statement makes as much sense as the TIred Old Saw of the VOLT is not really a PHEV, or not primarily an electric car.

Both cars use techniques to minimize gasoline consumption. You’re not ok with that?

Yeah BJ I’m wondering about the “electro-mechanical steering”. Does this mean whenever you need to run the power steering pump the engine starts? Or is there an accumulator to save the hydraulic force so that the engine doesn’t have to start all the time?

The only reason they’re coming out with this Abortion is that they’re BANNED from selling their old PHEV’s with extra-puny batteries.

42miles is more than enough. Hope the battery doesn’t gain weight in the process.

Should really be ditching the multispeed transmissions in the phevs and allowing the electric motors to do the torqueing and blend in the ICE for top end acceleration.

I hope all of the Audis don’t go through-the-road hybrid. It’s less efficient in hybrid mode, unless they also have a motor connected to the Engine.

I hope they offer an upgrade package for my A3 etron 🙂

Still not going to match bolt and volt from Chevy..nice try

This is silly. PHEVs will follow ICE cars into dinosaurland. Two drives where one would do better. Adding an ICE unit with all its attendant service complications and mechanical unreliabilities.
One step forward.
Two steps back.
The ICEmaker tango.