Both the Audi Q5 and Audi A7 are in their second generations, with both cars’ first generations having been very successful. Now, Audi is adding some new model variants to both cars in their second generations. Both the new Q5 and A7 will be getting e-tron plug-in hybrid variants, both of which were recently caught charging, completely uncamouflaged. (We don’t own the photos but you can see them here)
These new e-tron variants of the Q5 and A7 are going to be firsts for each model, as neither of them have ever had a hybrid variant. However, they’re both likely going to get the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the upcoming Audi A8 e-tron.
According to this report from Auto Express, both the Audi Q5 e-tron and Audi A7 e-tron will be getting a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 (the same one you’d find in an Audi S4), paired with an electric motor. It’s said that this powertrain setup will make a combined 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power for a hybrid and would make either car surprisingly fast.
Although, Auto Express also notes that Audi is working on a less powerful hybrid setup, using a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. If that’s the case, we suspect that less powerful setup would be the one used in the Q5 e-tron, with the Audi A7 e-tron getting the full-beans 3.0 liter V6 setup.
What’s interesting is that there are also rumors of the Audi RS7 getting a hybrid powertrain option, which would us a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 in conjunction with an electric motor, making almost 700 hp. If that’s the case, the Audi A7 model lineup will have two plug-in hybrid variants and both will be very powerful.
There’s no official word on when these cars will debut and/or if they will be available in all markets. Though, we can clearly see that Audi is working on both from these new photos.