The new Audi Q5 range will receive its first hybrid variant, the Q5 e-tron, next year.
This is set to be the first Audi to adopt a next-generation powertrain that will provide up to a third more range than the outgoing system, which provided the A3 e-tron and Q7 e-tron with 31 miles of electric-only range.
According to Audi powertrain director Siegfried Pint, the next generation of PHEVs will get 20-30% more zero-emission range, equating to up to 42 miles. He confirmed that an A6 e-tron would follow, and a Q3 e-tron is also expected.
Audi recently confirmed that it will launch 10 plug-in hybrids and 10 electric cars by 2025.
The Q5 e-tron, which has been spotted testing in the US, will be powered by Audi’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 188bhp and 236lb ft. An electric motor mounted to the seven-speed automatic gearbox will inject a further 108bhp and 221lb ft.
The car is expected to power its front wheels directly with the combustion engine, while the electric motor located at the rear sends drive to the back axle. This will earn the car its quattro tag. It’s expected to be the quickest 2.0-litre-powered Q5 available.
No major changes are expected for the rest of the car over other Q5s, meaning it’ll retain electromechanical steering and Dynamic suspension and will be offered with the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display.
No major changes will be made to the car's design, either, aside from the application of e-tron badging.
Audi has remained tight-lipped about the Q5 e-tron, but sources expect it to be revealed late in 2018, shortly after its upcoming rival, the BMW X3 xDrive40e. First deliveries should therefore take place in early 2019.