One of Audi’s major plans for 2019 is to launch the Q5 e-tron, which will come with up to 30 percent more pure-electric range than the current plug-in hybrid models in the company’s lineup, according to the automaker’s head of electrified powertrain Siegfried Pint.
From today’s 50 km of driving range, Audi could target 60 or 65 km for the new Q5 e-tron if it’s light and has good enough aerodynamics. An even higher expectation comes from Autocar.co.uk that mentions a range of 68 km.
As confirmed by Pint, Audi’s next plan after launching the Q5 e-tron is to unveil the A6 e-tron. Also in the pipeline is the Q3 e-tron. Overall, Audi will roll out around ten hybrid models by 2025, as well as ten all-electric models starting from the e-tron crossover.
Spotted testing in the US, the new Audi Q5 e-tron will be powered by an EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of generating 188 HP and 320 Nm of torque. It’s partner will be an electric motor that delivers 108 HP and 300 Nm of torque. The transmission will be a seven-speed automatic.
Audi wants to reduce production costs, that’s why the Q5 e-tron will have its combustion engine drive the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear axle. The Q5’s dynamic suspension and electromechanical steering system will be carried over to the new car, as well as other unchanged features.
Today’s second-gen Q5 is built on the MLB Evo platform. The most affordable variant in the US is the Premium one that is powered by a 252-HP engine. Its price starts at $41,500.