Audi Gives Birth To New TFSI e Q5, A6, A7, And A8 Plug-In Hybrids

Audi has unveiled plug-in hybrid versions of the Q5, A6, A7, and A8 prior to next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Starting with the most expensive ride of the bunch, we have the Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro. This model is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 that’s paired with a synchronous electric motor, a 14.1 kWh battery pack and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. It delivers 443 hp and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) and can run for 24.8 miles (40 km) on all-electric power.

These hybrids complement Audi’s future range of all-electric e-tron models

While the A8 enjoys a powertrain with well over 400 hp, the Audi Q5 50 TFSI e ‘comfort’, A6 TFSI 50 e ‘comfort’, and A7 50 TFSI e ‘comfort’ deliver 295 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) in standard guise. If customers want a little more grunt, they can opt for the 55 TFSI e trim level model of either the Q5, A6, and A7, complete with 363 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of twisting force. The trio have the same 24.8-mile electric range as the A8.

All four of the new PHEV models from Audi feature the same 14.1 kWh battery and use an electric motor that’s seamlessly incorporated within the dual-clutch transmission. In addition, the four models can recover energy under braking.

Three drive modes are offered for the Q5, A6, A7, and A8 plug-in hybrids: EV, Auto, and Hold. In EV mode, the vehicle runs solely on electric power while in Auto mode, the system intelligently uses the electric motor and combustion engine for maximum efficiency. In Hold mode, the powertrain works in such a way to ensure the charge status of the battery is maintained.

Owners of the vehicles can easily charge up their vehicles at home but if they’d like, are also able to use the e-tron Charging Service that’s currently in operation across 18 countries in Europe.

Audi hasn’t released pricing details for any of the models but claims they will be available to order this year.

Note: ‘Regular’ Audi Q5, A6, A7, A8 models pictured below.

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  • EVG

    Will these be available in the US?

    • Daniela Wolf

      I guess so they even brought the A3 e-tron to the states whereas they didn’t sell hatchbacks there.^^

  • Yavor

    Why is Audi commited on making such generic exteriors? I just don’t understand it!

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