Audi is again offering up a release date for a hybrid variant of the Q5 SUV, this time aiming for early 2013.
The hybrid Q5 will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo petrol motor and an electric motor with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor is a 72-cell, 1.3 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack that makes 44 hp, and combined with the motor the total output on the Q5 hybrid will total 241hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
As for gas mileage, the Audi is expected to get somewhere in the upper 20’s both in the city and on the highway, and drivers will have the option to switch between electronic assist for performance or standard driving for fuel savings.
While it is not Audi’s preference to build hybrid cars, but rather diesel models, the automaker says they build them “in order to show people that we are able to do them.” Whatever the motive may be, the Q5 hybrid is expected to do well in the U.S. market.
By: Alexandra Koken