Technical details of the Audi Q5 Hybrid have slipped. A must read!
The Q5 Hybrid is the second generation of the Volkswagen Group’s hybrid development efforts. The first generation produced the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid and the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, based on larger crossovers than the mid-sized Q5.
While those vehicles used a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack, the new Q5 Hybrid uses a smaller 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engine, along with the group’s first-ever lithium-ion battery pack.
The 2.0-liter four is similar to the smaller of the two engines offered in U.S.-market Q5 models (the other is a 270-hp, 3.2-liter V-6). But Audi has adapted it to hybrid use by fitting electrically-driven ancillaries for such functions as power steering and air conditioning.
Directly behind the engine is a 33-kilowatt (44-hp) motor-generator unit, followed by a 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission whose torque converter has been replaced with an oil pump. The engine coolant system also cools the electric motor.