Electromobility led us to Munich early October, which we found the new gasoline-electric powertrain will come as the A6, A7, A8 L, and Q5 models, however, Audi chose uniquely to sell the last three in the United States.
Take a closer look at the body uncovers Audi's hybrids all use a similar fundamental suite of electrification technology. Engineers attached the electric engine between the engine and transmission, so there is as yet a mechanical link between the front and rear axles. The engine draws electricity from a 14.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack stuffed under the trunk floor. Freight limit unavoidably takes a hit. What amount precisely? Sadly, Audi didn't discharge the definite specs, yet we can at least report the distinction sounds unimportant.
The A7 and the Q5 both essentially depend on a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that movements through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The greater, heavier A8 L needs the torque given by a 3.0-liter V6 to move along at a fast-moving pace, and it utilizes an eight-speed traditional automatic. The Q5 and the A7 offer 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; the long-bodied A8 ups those numbers to 449 and 516, individually. Quattro all-wheel-drive comes standard across the board.
There are no skinny, aero-optimized combinations and no hybrid-specific trim embellishments. Indeed, even the charging port is integrated into the rear quarter panel instead of etched into the front fender, or taken cover behind the four-ring emblem like it was on the A3 E-Tron. Audi's vehicle development team got a similar demand for normalcy.
Acceleration is fast. The A8 experienced no difficulty reaching 130 mph on the few traffic-free, unhindered pieces of Germany's Autobahn, and the Q5 demonstrated somewhat snappier than a V6-powered SQ5 because of the electric lift that jolts the driveline.
The powertrain consistently begins in electric mode, despite four or six cylinders in the engine. In case your outing is moderately short, and if you don't level the accelerator pedal, you probably won't hear the engine come to real life. Official electric range figures aren't accessible yet since EPA hasn't tested Audi's hybrids yet.
Charging is the one piece of driving a plug-in hybrid that Audi couldn't veil with technology. The company cites a 2½-hour charging time when using a 7.7-kilowatt charger. Then again, reaching a 100% charge takes roughly 16.5 hours when drawing electricity from a standard, 120-volt outlet.
Pricing information for America hasn't been finalized at this point. We realize each of the three hybrids will fit the bill for as much as $6,712 in federal tax incentives, and extra local incentives in some states. While the A7 will incredibly contend in a class of one, the Q5 and the A8 should battle off challenge from the electric variations of Mercedes-Benz's GLC and S-Class.