Audi’s popular Q5 SUV received a complete redesign in 2017, which means that there will be no big changes for the 2019 model. Instead, the vehicle will just receive a new option under the hood. Yes, the automaker will reportedly add the new 2019 Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid before the end of the year.
According to Audi powertrain director Siegfried Pint, the second-generation Q5 PHEV is going to get an essentially better drivetrain, which will be able to deliver roughly 20 to 30 percent more range than today’s Q3 e-tron. More precisely, the potential buyers can expect 42 miles of EV range at most.
Judging by our insiders, the new powertrain will combine the EA888 2.0-liter turbo four that produces 188 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque with a 108-hp and 221-lb-ft electric motor. While the internal combustion engine powers front wheels only, the electric motor that’s bolted to the seven-speed dual clutch transmission is in charge for the rear axle. Together, the system will be able to pump out a respectable output of exactly 296 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of twist.
The car manufacturer didn’t want to reveal when and where the 2019 Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid is going to be introduced, but we are pretty sure that the SUV is not going to skip this year’s Loa Angeles Auto Show. After the powertrain makes its official debut under the hood of the Q5, it will also be offered with the A6 and the Q3.