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4 Sep 19

7 new PHEV crossovers and SUVs in Frankfurt

The 2019 IAA car show in Frankfurt will be the scene of the big breakthrough of small electric cars, but the days of plug-in hybrids are far from over. Here are 7 new plug-in hybrids that will be unveiled in Frankfurt.

Audi Q5 TFSI e quattro

Unlike the Audi e-tron we tested a few months ago the Audi Q5 TFSI e quattro retains a combustion engine. The turbocharged 2-liter petrol engine puts out 185kW and 370Nm of torque and is coupled to an electric motor with a peak output of 105kW and 350Nm. Combined, they should produce 270kW and 500Nm. Reaching 100km/h should take only 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 239km/h is nothing to be ashamed of.

In all-electric mode, this plug-in hybrid Q5 takes you 40km. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 2.4-2.1l/100km and the CO2 emissions should average 53-46g/km.

You’d be hard-pressed to tell the PHEV Q5 apart from an ICE model. Apart from the extra charging port and the model badge, they are indeed identical.

Audi Q5 TFSI e quattro pictured on top of this article.

BMW X5 xDrive45e

This BMW may have a name that’s half as long as the Audi’s, it does boast an all-electric range that’s more than twice as long: between 67 and 87km. That’s thanks to a 24kWh hybrid system which, paired with a 3-litre engine, produces 290kW and 600Nm.

Getting to 100km/h takes 5.6 seconds and this BMW tops at 235km/h. Combined fuel consumption is between 2.0-1.7 l/100km.

The standard trim includes an acoustic pedestrian protection system that emits a sound when running at low speeds on pure electric mode to warn pedestrians.

Ford Kuga PHEV

If it’s a PHEV, let’s call it a PHEV, they seam to have decided at Ford HQ, and we applaud them for this clarity.

The Kuga PHEV uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine and a 14.4kWh battery pack that guarantees an EV range of more than 50km. Over 100km, it consumes 1.2l of petrol and CO2 emissions average at 29g/km.

Charging the Kuga’s battery pack takes around four hours using a conventional power outlet.

Kia XCeed PHEV

Kia also went for a transparent naming scheme for its XCeed crossover. It has an 8.9kWh battery pack, a 44.5-kW electric motor and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Together, the XCeed generates 104kW and 265Nm of torque.

The XCeed PHEV is being launched alongside the Ceed Sportswagon and both will feature identical powertrains.  Both vehicles feature e new, closed tiger nose grille that improves aerodynamics.

Kia announces a telematics service that helps drivers locate nearby charging stations.  The car’s touch screen system also allows drivers to programme when the vehicle will be recharged, making it possible to benefit from the lowest energy rates in off-peak times. 

Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Yes, another manufacturer that vies for the Most Complicated Car Name Award. Mini promises an electric range extended by 30% for this new Countryman to a maximum of 55-57km.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, generating a combined output of 165kW. A hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system channels power to the front and rear wheels as required by the situation at hand (that’s the ALL4 part of the name).

This Mini has a combined fuel consumption between 2.1-1.9 l/100km and it emits 13.9-13.5kWh/100km.

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

That 4 isn’t a version number, it refers to the car’s four-wheel drive. Its 1.6-litre petrol engine (147kW) is combined with two 80kW-electric motors.

In all-electric mode, the Grandland X Hybrid4 brings you 52km from your home. Charging the 13.2kW-battery pack doesn’t take more than 1:50 but that’s provided you have your own wall box.

 Expect your Grandland X Hybrid4 to require 1.6l to drive 100km and to emit 37g of CO2 per kilometre.

Seat Tarraco PHEV

This first electrified Seat is of course related to the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the Skoda Kodiaq. It has a 1.4-litre petrol engine (110kW) combined with an 85kW electric motor, making the PHEV the most powerful Tarraco in the range.

The 13kWh-battery pack offers an electric range of more than 50km and reduced emissions of under 50g/km.

The Tarraco PHEV is only the first step of the Spanish carmaker towards electrification. By 2021, Seat and its sporty sister-brand Cupra will offer a total of six electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

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Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck