The German automaker recently unveiled the all-new 2018 Audi Q5 Hybrid alongside its standard versions. This e-tron concept is already spotted testing on the road and speculations were high on air that all 2018 Audi models to have an electric powertrain. Audi put all doubts to rest when it launched its new SUV at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.
2018 Audi Q5 Hybrid Exterior Design
2018 Audi Q5 Hybrid looks similar to its previous versions to quite an extent. Although being released as a new generation, Audi has not made any noticeable changes. It will retain all its previous dimensions, with exception to its wheelbase and length. Tailgate will continue to sport a familiar SUV design with the Audi badge placed perfectly at its center.
However, a few modifications have been made on its front fascia. The grille is Q7 inspired with sharper LED headlights and bit muscular front fenders. Its hood sport to modest lines on both side and its nose has dropped a little. Roofline sport similar curved structure with facility for optional roof-rail installation.
Audi claims that 2018 Audi Q5 Hybrid will have a larger cargo hold than any of its previous models. This might turn out to be true as the car has gained 1.3 inches in its overall length. Rear seat legroom is also increased by almost 0.4 inches. Front seats will remain bucket shaped, and Audi will provide heating and ventilation features as standard with its new Q5 Hybrid.
Instrument cluster behind the steering will be analog; however, customers will have the option to opt for a 12.3-inch LCD with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit package. An 8.3-inch infotainment display will come as standard with touchscreen controls. Audi may also include voice command features and intelligent cabin temperature control.
Audi was reluctant to reveal the specs of its electric powertrain. However, expect this SUV to combine its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with electric motors. This pair will rev up a power output of around 245 HP and a torque of nearly 354 lb-ft. Both will work in combination with a certain speed.
Gearbox is likely to be 8-speed automatic. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph will take around 5.1 seconds. The hybrid powertrain will make the SUV reach a top speed of around 155 mph. Official figures of EPA is yet to be released but expect a figure somewhere around the 30-mark combined.
Expect all the regulars from Audi. This SUV will sport
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Advanced traction control.
- Electronic stability system.
- Automatic brakes assist.
- Collision alert and mitigation system.
Release Date and Price
The car is likely to hit the market in mid-2017. By then, Audi Q5 can expect stiff competition from hybrid versions of Mercedes-AMG GLC43, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. With BMW already hosting a whole line of electric cars, BMW X3 might just be Audi’s strongest rival.
The standard Audi Q5 comes with a price tag of around $41,000. Expect 2018 Audi Q5 Hybrid to cost at least $7,000-$8,000 more. If the case is so, the SUV will have blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection and automatic parking as standard.