Audi plugs in with

new Q5

Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, 2019, front
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, 2019, rear, charging
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, 2019, charging point

AUDI is to introduce a plug-in hybrid variant of the Q5 SUV as the German car maker continues its electrification programme.

The Q5 55 TFSI e will have a zero emission range running purely on its electric motor of up to 26 miles and officially its fuel return is rated at 113mpg.

That equates to a CO2 figure of 49g/km and puts the Audi on par with plug-ins from the likes of Volvo and Mercedes.

Performance figures are 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 148mph and overall the hybrid system develops 367ps.

With EV, hybrid and a hold mode available to conserve battery charge for use when required, Audi says the Q5 55 TFSI e is targeting commuters, fleet operators and company car drivers.

A full recharge of the battery system takes six hours from a domestic supply although it can be topped up in everyday use from roadside chargers.

The plug-in Q5 will be priced from around £55,000 and is due for release later in the year.

Audi says the Q5 hybrid will be the first of a range of plug-in models it is planning to introduce.

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