Audi Announces Plans for Q5 Hybrid Crossover

By dancurranjr On January 12th, 2010

The automotive show circuit is in full swing and many new concepts and production models are being unveiled around the world. Several of the new concepts and unveilings are hybrid or electric vehicles designed for better fuel economy.

Toyota recently unveiled the concept for a new subcompact hybrid vehicle selling for less than the Prius and promising better fuel economy. The new subcompact is expected to hit showroom floors in 2012 with production set to start in late 2011. Audi has also confirmed its first hybrid vehicle is coming to market in the first part of 2011.

The hybrid is the Q5 and the vehicle is a 4-door “crossover” SUV. The hybrid is expected to debut officially at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show and then hit dealers in early 2011. Audi isn’t offering much detail on the Q5 other than to say the vehicle is coming.

Autoblog figures that the Q5 will use components from the hybrid versions of the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. The vehicle is expected to use a lithium-ion battery pack.

Along with the official Q5 announcement, Audi also announced that it plans to expand its line from 34 vehicles to 42 by 2015. Among the notable new models coming in 2010 are the A1, A7, an all-new A8, and a convertible version of the R8 called the R8 Spyder.

SOURCE: Daily Tech