Audi Unveils Q5, A6, A7 and A8 Plug-In Hybrids

The Audi Q5, A6, A7, and A8 plug-in hybrids have been officially unveiled ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show. These new models are built to complement the German carmaker’s future lineup of pure electric e-trons.

Offering the highest value among the newcomers is the Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e Quattro, which comes with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a synchronous electric motor. It’s electrified by a 14.1 kWh battery pack and uses an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. Output-wise, the car delivers 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, with the range offered in fully-electric mode is 24.8 miles or around 40 km.

Below the most expensive A8 sit the Audi Q5 50 TFSI e ‘comfort’, A6 TFSI 50 e ‘comfort’, and A7 50 TFSI e ‘comfort’ that make 295 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque if you go for the standard trim. If you want a bit more power, the 55 TFSI e trim level is available for the three models with 363 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. They all have the same electric range as the A8, which is 24.8-miles.

The four new Audis features the same 14.1 kWh battery. Each of them has an electric motor that’s perfectly integrated within the dual-clutch gearbox. Regenerative braking system enables them to recover up to 80kW of electricity under maximum load, Audi claims.

The Q5, A6, A7, and A8 plug-in hybrids offer three drive modes include EV, Auto, and Hold. EV mode is for pure electric driving, while Auto mode lets the system smartly runs the combustion engine and electric motor in the most efficient way. Lastly, Hold mode is for power-saving when you want the powertrain to operate efficiently while maintaining the charge status of the battery.

These cars can easily be charged at home. However, owners can also use e-tron Charging Service if they want. The service is currently available in 18 Europan countries and is still expanding.

So far, no pricing details have been announced for any of the new hybrid models, but reports say they will be rolled out in 2019.

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