Audi is moving to make its growing EV and PHEV ranges ever more accessible through new models like the e-tron 50, which is now available for UK ordering priced from £59,900. The new variant joins the line-up alongside the continuing…
With the help of the new e-tron Charging Service, owners of electrified Audi models can now plug and pay at hundreds of charge points across the UK and Europe with a single tap, and without being encumbered by subscriptions to numerous suppliers. The key to the new service is an RFID card that unlocks access to a sizeable network of charge points operated by 18 companies in the UK – including IONITY, Pod Point, Source London and Instavolt – as well as two attractive fixed tariffs and free roaming abroad, yet generates only one monthly invoice for carriers in the interest of simplicity.
The opportunities to drive an electrified Audi are becoming ever more plentiful, with five plug-in hybrid models scheduled for introduction in the second half of 2019 alone.
A second version of the Audi e-tron charged with opening up the benefits of the first fully electric Audi to a wider audience has been confirmed for series production and will launch in the UK in 2020.
The Audi Q7 falls into line with its Q8 counterpart, taking on board the latest engine updates, mild hybrid drivetrain developments and cabin digitalisation innovations first seen in the coupé-inspired flagship of the Q range.
The new Q5 55 TFSI e will offer a range of over 26 miles and a top speed of 84mph in electric-only mode, which Audi says should enable the new hybrid Q5 to cover most everyday driving distances – including motorway journeys – without backup from the petrol engine. Available to order in the UK from the beginning of June, with first deliveries scheduled during quarter four of this year, the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro will be priced at around £55,000
For the first time in its history, the Audi S5 now has a V6 diesel at its heart. The 3.0 TDI engine, which will be introduced in both the S5 Coupé and the S5 Sportback in late 2019, now produces 342 bhp and delivers up to 516.3 lb-ft of torque to the crankshaft, available between 2,500 and 3,100 rpm.
Almost exactly one year since the first Audi e-tron made its camouflaged debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a concept that will form the basis of the fifth fully electric model to join the range by the close of the decade, broke cover at the same location.
“Twin-turbo exhilaration delivered with TDI moderation in versatile SUV accommodation” – the Audi SQ5 returns with a new, third generation SQ5 TDI set to re-join the UK range in the spring. The SUV, with a new Electrically Powered Compressor and MHEV drivetrain, will be available in two forms – SQ5 and SQ5 Vorsprung – the latter offering a higher specification
The nascent range of fully electric Audi e-tron models is to be complemented by a series of plug-in hybrids that will consolidate existing model lines, and the first of these will make their debuts next week at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Appearing for the first time on the Audi stand on Tuesday March 5 will be new hybrid variants of the A6, A7 Sportback, A8 and Q5, the majority of which will be available in a choice of two configurations with either a comfort or performance orientation and corresponding outputs and equipment packages. The new plug-in hybrid models will be available for order during the course of 201