Audi Confirms First Hybrid for U.S. Market

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by in News

Company was experimenting with hybrid cars for quite some time and it has displayed its 3 gas-electric “Duo” concept models long back. There are lots of rumors regarding the Q5 hybrid version along with the standard model for 2009, but the plan didn’t work out in a right manner due to fall in fuel prices and automakers dissatisfactions towards nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Now company is planning to offer a 3 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine for Q5 and the diesel is tuned for more performance and hybrid unit for fuel efficiency. The new Q5 hybrid pairs with the 2.0-Liter four-cylinder engine that can deliver 211-horsepower. The base Q5 has an electric motor with 54 Horsepower.

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It is powered by a motor and engine output is 354 pounds-feet torsion and power of around 245 horsepower, which also accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in just seven seconds.

Making use of parallel hybrid system, the new Q5 hybrid can be operated in gas or electric mode, and it is capable of accelerating to 60 mph with just a single motor. Q5 hybrid is capable of achieving 34 miles per gallon under the tests. 2012 4-cylinder Q5 gets combined mileage of 22 under EPA. The impending diesel version is 10 % less efficient compared to its hybrid sibling.

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