The Q5 hybrid quattro represents the first hybrid model from the German automaker to feature two drive systems, being powered like a V6 and developing a duel consumption as a four-cylinder TDI, which lies under 7.0 liters per 100 km in the normal cycle, thus having CO2 emissions of no more than 160g/km. Its electric motor together with the 2.0 TFSI engine register a system output of 245 hp and 480 Nm of torque.The hybrid system appears to be a parallel one due to the 2.0 TFSI and the electric motor which are mounted directly behind one another. This parallel system allows the travelling in five different operating modes and the driver encounters the possibility to drive either with the combustion engine alone, the electric motor alone or the hybrid mode as the recuperation and boosting are also possible. Focusing on a high share of electrically powered driving, the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro successfully manages to provide an equally powerful and lightweight lithium-ion battery. Furthermore, the innovative technologies provide the volume and weight of the power electronics low with the cooling maintained by a separate low-temperature water-filled circuit.
As regarding the drive, the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro features a secondary air system at the cylinder head in order to make sure that the exhaust gas treatment cuts in fast. Fully developed by Audi alone, the hybrid manager controls the efficient change and smooth transmissions between the operating modes.
Safety on the road is provided in any situation by the permanent four-wheel drive system which applies the power to both units.
On the outside, visual features provide the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro with an impressive look due to its tailgate, fenders and aluminum sill panel strips which bear the hybrid lettering. Polar Silver, metallic is available for the exclusive paintwork, while the tailpipes are chrome-trimmed and the radiator grill is glossy black. Also, the climate control offered has been adapted to the requirements of electric driving, while the WLAN hotspot feature allows the connection to the internet via up to eight terminal devices.
The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro is scheduled to arrive in dealerships sometime during 2011.
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