After we revealed you the first specs of the car yesterday, Audi officially introduced today the 2011 Q5 Hybrid Quattro, its first model fitted with two drive systems.
As expected, the car is powered by a 2.0 TFSI gasoline engine, found also on the Golf GTI, and capable to deliver 155 kW (211 hp) and a maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) permanently available at 1500 to 4200 rpm. Still, this engine is helped by a permanently excited synchronous machine that serves as an electric motor, but also as a starter and – during deceleration – as a generator.
This motor delivers up to 33 kW (45 hp) of power and 211 Nm (155.63 lb-ft). The total output delivered by the Q5 Hybrid Quattro is 180 kW (245 hp) and a system torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft). With these numbers, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 miles) in 7.1 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 222 km/h (137.94 mph).
Furthermore, the car can accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in fifth gear in just 5.9 seconds. Regarding the fuel consumption, the Q5 Hybrid Quattro delivers an impressive 7.0 liters per 100 km (33.60 US mpg) and less than 160 g/km (257.50 g/mile) of CO2 emissions.
The 75 liter (19.81 US gallon) tank yields a reliable range comparable to that of a TDI. As expected, the new car carries a lithium-ion battery system, weighing merely 38 kg (83.78 lb), that stores energy from the electric motor. The battery consists of 72 cells; at 266 volts its nominal energy is 1.3 kWh and its output 39 kW.
The sportiest hybrid SUV on the market covers about three kilometers (1.86 miles) locally emission-free at a speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph), and can drive up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) under electric power alone.
In addition, the car can offer five different operating modes: with the combustion engine alone, with the electric drive alone or in hybrid mode is possible, as are recuperation and boosting. The Audi Q5 hybrid comes with a new display concept, rendering the individual driving states of the hybrid drive clear-cut and tangible. Instead of the tachometer, the needle of the power meter in the dash panel insert indicates the total output of the system on a scale of 0 to 100 per cent.