Audi announces plug-in hybrid models of the A6, A7, A8 and Q5 – badged TFSI e – which are heading for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Audi has revealed four new plug-in hybrids heading for a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and a new moniker – TFSI e – for the plug-ins now e-tron is reserved for their pure electric models.
At a stroke, Auid adds four new plug-in hybrid models to its range, with the hybrid Q5, A6 and A7 coming with a choice of tow powertrains – badged 50 TFSI e and 55 TFSI e – with Audi’s 2.0 litre turbo petrol mated to an electric motor on the gearbox in the TFSI 50 for 291bhp 332lb/ft of torque.
In the 55 TFSI e models the 2.0 litre turbo is swapped for a 3.0 litre V6, with the same motor on the gearbox, good for a combined 357bhp and 369lb/ft of torque, with bother versions getting four-wheel drive and a seven-speed S tronic gearbox.
In the A8 plug-in there are also two powertrain options, with the 55 TFSI e from the Q5, A6 and A7 serving as the entry-level version, and joined by an A8 60 TFSI e.
The 60 TFSI e uses the same 3.0 litre V6 and gearbox mounted electric motor as thye 55 TFSI e, but with power upped to 436bhp and 520lb/ft of torque, although the A8 uses an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.
All the new TFSI e plug-in hybrids come with a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery which is, say Audi, good for 25 miles of EV range, and a trio of modes for powertrain use – EV, Auto and Hold – which do what they say on the tin, as well as comfort, efficiency, auto and dynamic modes for driving.
No prices, performance details or official economy numbers have been released yet.