A6, A7, A8 and Q5 will now be offered in “TFSI e” guise.
Automakers typically unveil one model at a time. Maybe several variants of the same all at once. But Audi has announced an entire new range of powertrains across four model lines in one fell swoop. It just hasn't revealed their full specifications just yet.
The new family of plug-in hybrids is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week on the A6, A7, A8, and Q5. And together with them, the German automaker is introducing new nomenclature to differentiate its PHEVs from its conventional models (on the one hand) and its pure electric vehicles (on the other).
Where previous plug-in hybrid Audis have worn the e-tron name, that's now being reserved for full electric vehicles. These will be sold with the "TFSI e” badge.
Naming aside, the new extended-range electrified vehicles will all be built using the same essential formula. A turbocharged internal-combustion engine works in concert with an electric motor integrated into the transmission – an eight-speed automatic in the A8, dual-clutch gearboxes in the A6 and A7, and an undisclosed transmission in the Q5. The 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is housed under the luggage compartment, and brake-force energy recuperation keeps the cells topped up.
Though Ingolstadt hasn't said how much power they'll generate, each model will be offered in two states of tune. The more potent versions will come with S-Line packages and sportier suspensions for a more spirited drive. All eight of them (two versions each of four models) will be able to travel upwards of 25 miles on electric power alone, and drivers will be able to switch between various powertrain and dynamic-driving modes to match their driving requirements.
Audi promises that the new plug-in hybrids will be available (in some markets at least) before this year's out. And it'll surely release full specifications before then, too.