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Audi Q5 55 TFSI e 2019 revealed

The Q5 TFSI e has combined outputs of 270kW/500Nm thanks to its turbo-petrol engine and electric motor.

Audi has revealed a plug-in hybrid variant of its Q5 mid-size SUV, dubbed 55 TFSI e, but it is not coming to Australia anytime soon.

With no current plans Down Under for the latest addition to Audi's ever-expanding PHEV line-up, its local electrification charge will instead be lead by the all-electric e-tron crossover due next year.

For European customers, though, the Q5 55 TFSI e will from the fourth quarter of this year represent the most affordable way yet into an electrified SUV from the German brand.

It pairs a 185kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with a 105kW/350Nm permanently excited synchronous electric motor for combined outputs of 270kW/500Nm.

The latter and a separating clutch are integrated into the 55 TFSI e's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while Audi's front-biased ultra quattro system is responsible for sending drive to all four wheels for the first time in one of its PHEVs.

The 55 TFSI e's 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery is located underneath its boot floor, with it able to be charged in about six hours when using a 220V domestic power outlet. The integrated charger supports voltages up to 7.6kW.

Claimed pure-electric driving range is more than 42km under Europe's recently introduced WLTP standard, while fuel consumption on the combined cycle test is 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres and carbon dioxide emissions are 49 grams per kilometre.

Top speed with the EV driving mode engaged in 135km/h, while terminal velocity with the aid of the internal-combustion engine is 238km/h. The sprint from standstill to 100km/h takes 5.3 seconds.

Two other driving modes are available, with Hybrid making use of both power sources, while Battery Hold does as advertised; holding the battery's current level of charge.

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