Audi finally made its next-generation PHEV system. According to Autocar, the powertrain will make its official debut before the end of this year under the hood of the Q5 crossover. The vehicle, however, is not going to receive any additional change, so don’t expect to see anything different from the model that made debut in 2017.
By introducing the system, the 2019 Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid will significantly improve the EV range. Unofficially, the SUV will be able to travel up to 42 miles without any help of its internal combustion engine, and that’s essentially better from the current Q7 e-tron that’s limited to 31 miles.
The 2019 Q5 PHEV will get a quite powerful combination under the hood. The plug-in hybrid system is going to feature a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The EA888 2.0-liter turbo four will deliver 188 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and will be in charge of front wheels, while the electric motor that’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox provides 108 hp and 221 pound-feet of grunt powers rear wheels. The entire drivetrain system squeezes 296 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which is, you have to agree, more than enough for a respectable performance.
As we said, there will be no cosmetic changes at all, while we also expect to see carried over Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display and Dynamic suspension.
Since it has been spotted testing in the US, the 2019 Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid will most likely be officially introduced at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to the PHEV SUV, the four-ring automaker will introduce an A6 E-Tron early next year with the identical powertrain.