Double good news. More choice and more range for Audi’s with a PHEV powertrain.
Not so long ago you were completely the man in the parking lot of the better AC roadhouse with a PHEV. A few ago that was still very futuristic: a hybrid where you could charge the battery yourself. Partly thanks to incentives from the government, cars like the Volvo V60 D6 PHEV and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV were in great demand.
We have now reached the point where a PHEV powertrain is the only way to offer an internal combustion engine in a car. Because small A-segment cars now cost at least 12 grand. That is because of the enormous taxes that are on these types of enormously efficient cars. On the other hand, if you have some money to spend, times are better than ever when you want a lot of power for few dollars.
With the brand with the four rings, there was already a lot to choose in terms of PHEVs. However, that’s not to say the Ingolstadters have it have left it there. On the contrary: Audi has expanded the range of PHEV models. This sentence can be explained in two ways. Firstly, the action radius (range) of some models has increased. In addition, there is more choice of Audi’s with a PHEV powertrain.
Large battery pack
We start with the battery pack for the Audi Q5 TFSI e and Audi Q5 TFSI Sportback TFSI e. The range has also increased thanks to larger and better battery packs. The lithium-ion ‘energy blocks’ have a capacity of 17.9 kWh, which was 14.1 kWh.
This battery pack will also appear in the Audi A6 50 TFSI e, Audi A6 Avant 50 TFSI e and Audi A7 Sportback. In the Audi A6 in sedan form, it provides a range of 73 km, according to the WLTP. For some reason the NEDC figure is also mentioned, which sounds very impressive at 93 km. But please note: in many cases most consumers already have difficulty getting close to the WLTP statement.
Audi A6 Avant TFSI e
If you think, Audi A6 Avant 50 TFSI e? Did it exist then? Yes, now it does. It is positioned below the Audi A6 55 TFSI e. The A6 50 TFSI e has a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder turbo engine under the hood. This is assisted by a 143 hp electric motor.
The system power is 299 hp. That’s not because 300 was impossible, but probably because it sounds nice in Kilowatts: 220 pieces. In addition, the system torque is exactly 450 Nm. Naturally, the A6 55 TFSI e with 367 hp remains available as usual. In all cases, quattro all-wheel drive and an S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission are standard.
Also important to mention, the larger battery packs in the Audi’s do not reduce the luggage space. It remains the same for all models with the new PHEV batteries.
Prices and availability are not yet known.
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