Audi is on a roll when it comes to making electrified vehicles. It recently announced that it would be putting out a few new plug-in hybrids, labeled “TFSI-e“, including the Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q5. Well, add the Audi Q8 to that list as well, as a plug-in hybrid version of it has just been caught doing some testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
In these photos, we can clearly see an Audi Q8 doing some winter testing, which is interesting considering that there aren’t any new Q8 models officially on the way. It’s also not wearing any camouflage, so it’s not testing out any new designs. That means it’s testing a new powertrain in cold temperatures.
Considering that fact and the fact that it has little yellow stickers on it, which usually indicate electric vehicles, it would stand to reason that this is a plug-in hybrid version. If this is in fact a hybrid, it will be called the Audi Q8 TFSI-e, though we aren’t sure what sort of powertrain will be offered. In fact, we don’t know the exact powertrain info for any of Audi’s upcoming hybrids.
Though, we do know that they will pack direct-injected, turbocharged petrol engines paired with electric motors. If we were to venture a guess, it’d be that the engine in question will be of the 2.0 liter four-cylinder variety, though it’s possible that larger cars like the Audi Q8 and Audi A8 use a bigger engine, such as a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6.
Of all of Audi’s SUVs, we also think the Q8 is best fit for a hybrid. Being that it’s not designed primarily for practicality, it’s okay if a bit of trunk space is eaten up by batteries. Also, it’s a more stylish, more interesting car than something like the Q7, so it’s a bit more youthful and modern.
With this new Audi Q8 TFSI-e, the four-ringed brand is going to have a massive portfolio of electrified cars, possibly the largest in the industry when you also consider all of the fully-electric e-tron models.