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Audi Q5 Hybrid to be revealed in Los Angeles


Audi has just confirmed that a hybrid version of the Q5 SUV will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. The new version will be offered to both Europe and America.

We already know that the Q5 will carry the same hybrid powertrain found in the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg , but we are curious to see what else Audi has planned for the SUV.

The Cayenne Hybrid is powered by a 47 hp electric motor combined to a 333 hp compressor engine. The two drive units deliver a total of 380 HP and peak torque of 427 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm. However, for the Q5 Hybrid, we expect a 211 HP four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine combined with a 45 hp electric motor which would make it the first compact SUV on the market to utilize a hybrid powertrain.

We’ll get back with more details after the official debut!

UPDATE 10/12/2010: AutoEvolution has just received an email from Audi denying the rumors that the Q5 would be making an appearance at the LA Auto Show. Could this be true or are they just not ready to let the cat out of the bag? You be the judge!



2 comments:

II should have said that there’s little improvement in MPGs for large SUV from marketing stand point of view. % increase may be rather significant but if a vehicle doesn’t get 40-50 MPG people simply will not pay additional money that hybrids require.

I don’t see the word MPG anywhere in the article, which is not a good sign. These large SUV don’t see that much improvement from hybrids, i think the best way to tackle the issue short term is to use hybrid tech in sedans and offer all SUV with diesel engines.

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