2016 Audi A5 to Gain Plug-in Hybrid Variant

The current-generation Audi A5 is widely considered a success for the German automaker, blending a stunningly stylish body with luxury and performance.

When the new A5 comes out in late 2015, the German automaker will be adding a plug-in hybrid variant to the sports coupe, essentially introducing an A5 e-tron to the market.

Late next year, Audi will unveil its A4 plug-in hybrid, and the same technology will find its way onto the new 2016 Audi A5. It is believed that the e-tron technology will allow both vehicles to travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone, while offering a combined range of about 375 miles. The vehicles will also be equipped with Audi’s e-quattro technology, which is the automaker’s term for electrically-driven rear wheels.

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As for power, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder will power the front wheels with 225 hp and will be mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. A 65-hp electric motor will power the rear of the vehicle.

The new A5 will be based on a modified, modular component set known internally as MLBevo. The German automaker is aiming to reduce weight by up to 220 pounds compared to the current A5 while an “Ultra” package will further reduce weight.

[Source: Automobile Mag]

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