With electric cars become main stream globally, how can the German Carmaker lag behind, Audi launched the Plug in Hybrid Q55 TFSI E Quattro in Germany.
The new drive concept comprises of 2.0 TFSI, four cylinder, turbo charged petrol engine churning out 252 HP and 370 NM of torque, and an electric motor which churns out 140 HP and 350 NM of torque, giving it combined output of 367 HP and over 500 NM of torque. This combined output throttles this SUV from 0-100 kmph in just 5 seconds, with top speed restricted to 240 kmph.
In all electric mode, the SUV can travel up to 40 kms with maximum speed up to 135 kmph. The SUV’s lithium-ion battery is located under the luggage compartment floor. It is made up pf 104 prismatic cells ad stores 14.1 kWh of energy with a voltage of 381 volts.
Not only is this Q5 efficient, but its technologically modern also. It comes with the Predictive Efficiency Assistant (PEA), which adjusts coasting recuperation behaviour to the situation at hand. It uses the predictive route data from navigation database and monitors the distance to the vehicle ahead using signals from the camera and radar. Depending on the situation, the system chooses predictively between freewheeling with the engine switched off and coasting recuperation, i.e. the recovery of kinetic energy and its conversion into electrical energy.
The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e** combines with generous list of standard equipment. LED headlights, sport seats, three-zone automatic climate control, convenience key, DIS with colour display, PHEV-specific displays and 18-inch wheels in a five-arm turbine design are standard. The rear seats can be shifted longitudinally and their seat back angle adjusted. Sporty details from the S line exterior package hone the dynamic look: S line bumpers front and rear, a diffuser with a double clasp at the rear and a unique design in the Single frame grille with various elements in dark chrome.
The driver can choose between 3 driving modes, the Hybrid Mode, EV Mode and Battery Hold Mode.
Hybrid mode is activated automatically together with route guidance in the navigation system. It can also be activated manually using the Mode button. In this mode, the battery charge is optimally distributed over the route to reduce fuel consumption, with primarily electric driving in urban areas and stop-and-go traffic. In EV mode, the car is driven exclusively electrically as long as the driver does not depress the accelerator past a variable, perceptible pressure point. EV mode is the base setting each time the vehicle is started. In Battery Hold mode, battery capacity is held at the current level.
With fast charging becoming a norm in modern smart phones, how can modern smart cars be behind. The battery pack of this hybrid Audi can be charged in just 2.5 hours, and the best part is Audi offers an app to monitor the charging of the Q55 by being just on your couch at home or office through the myAudi App.
Launched at roughly 54 lacs, in the German Markets, for the base variant, deliveries begin in the third quarter of 2019.