7 days to Geneva: Audi plugs in Q5, A6, A7 and A8
Just like its arch rival from Munich, Audi is betting big on plug-in hybrids (PHEV) in the coming years. To avoid any confusion, the e-tron badge is now the reserve of the all-electric models in Audi’s lineup. The plug-ins, including the brand’s big SUV formerly known as the Q7 e-tron, can be recognised by the TFSI-e moniker.
Audi has developed a new electrified powertrain to inaugurate the new label. The Q5 (midsized SUV), A6 (E-segment saloon and estate car) and A7 (a coupé-like F-segment saloon) can now be ordered with a 2-litre TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor integrated in the S-Tronic 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The 50 TFSI-e produces 299 hp, the 55 TFSI-e 367 hp.
Audi’s flagship model, the A8, uses the same electric motor and battery, but resorts to a more noble 3-litre V6 combined with an 8-speed automatic. This 60 TFSI-e puts 449 hp on its four wheels.
Nothing has been communicated as to range and CO2 emissions, but Audi promises at least 40 km according to WLTP measurements.