Audi Set To Unveil 2 New Production PHEVs + Prologue Allroad Concept PHEV At Upcoming Auto Shanghai 2015

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In keeping with its stated intent to continue developing its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model offerings, Audi is now set to unveil two new PHEV production models at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2015 auto show — the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro and the Audi A6 L e tron. The company will also be revealing a new concept PHEV by the name of the Audi Prologue Allroad.

To give you some specifics here, the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is a result of the company joining together a TFSI plug‑in hybrid and quattro drive for the first time. This model has been developed specifically for the markets of China, Singapore, and Japan.


Here’s an overview of the specs for the model:

  • an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 6 seconds;
  • fuel consumption of 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers (~94 mpg US) based on the Chinese testing cycle;
  • a 17.3 kilowatt (kWh) liquid-cooled lithium‑ion battery;
  • an all-electric range of 33 miles per full charge;
  • 376 horsepower; 700 N·m (516 lb-feet) of system torque;
  • a top speed of 220 km/h (1367 mph);
  • and a total range of 1,020 kilometers (634 miles).

Worth noting — especially since this is the Chinese market that we’re talking about — is the fact that the model’s fuel consumption corresponds to carbon emissions of under 60 grams per kilometer (96.6 grams/miles).

The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is currently set to become available in the above-mentioned markets sometime in 2016.

Here’s a bit more from Green Car Congress:

The standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump has been specially developed for the plug-in hybrids of the Q7 family. This makes it possible for the waste heat from the electrical drive components to be made available to the interior. Audi is the first manufacturer worldwide to bring this technology to a production plug-in hybrid, enabling the brand top set new standard with respect to interior comfort, air-conditioning system efficiency and range in purely electric EV mode. Benefits for the customer include a fast-heating cabin and the ability to drive more frequently and longer on electric power alone, even in low outside temperatures.

The new Q7 e-tron quattro is equipped with the new two-phase charging technology that permits charging with up to 7.2 kW of power. Depending on the infrastructure and with a correspondingly high-powered industrial outlet and charging cable, the customer can fully charge the battery in around 2.5 hours.



As far as the Audi A6 L e‑tron goes — this forthcoming model is based on one of the various versions of the Audi A6. The specs for the A6 L e‑tron’s PHEV include:

  • 245 horsepower;
  • a fuel consumption rate of of 2.2 liters per 100 kilometers (107 mpg) based on the Chinese testing cycle;
  • a carbon emissions footprint of 52 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (83.7 grams/miles);
  • an all-electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) per single charge;
  • a combined range (with the gas-powered system factored in) of 880 kilometers (547 miles);
  • 500 N·m (369 lb‑feet) of system torque;
  • a lithium-ion battery pack comprising 14.1 kWh of stored energy;
  • and the ability to be charged with 7.2 kW of power.

Worth noting is that the model will be manufactured as part of a joint venture between Audi and FAW‑Volkswagen in Changchun (located in the northeast of China). The model will be released to the above-mentioned markets sometime in 2016.

And, finally, with regard to the new concept car, the Audi Prologue Allroad PHEV (part of the Prologue family of show cars), this new concept car follows on the unveiling of the Audi Prologue Avant diesel PHEV recently at the Geneva Auto Show 2015.


This concept car is comprised of an electric motor integrated with a 4.0 TFSI engine and pumps out 734 horsepower of system power, as well as 900 N·m (664 lb-ft) of total system torque. 0-60 mph (100 km/h or 62.1 mph, to be more exact) is very fast — being achieved in just 3.5 seconds.

Fuel consumption is pretty low, with only 2.4 liters of fuel being used for 100 kilometers (98 mpg US) of travel, as per the NEDC standard for PHEVs. What this amounts to, as far as carbon emissions go, is around 56 grams per kilometer (90.1 grams/miles).

The featured lithium-ion battery pack supplies 14.1 kWh of capacity — providing an all-electric range of around 54 kilometers (33.6 miles). Worth noting is the the concept car can also be charged inductively with the AWC (Audi Wireless Charging) technology currently being developed for eventual use in production vehicles.

Here’s some of the fluff about the vehicle from a recent press release:

The debut 15 years ago of the Audi allroad quattro introduced a new species of car: one that combined the comfort and dynamism of the full‑size class with superior variability and confident ability to handle rough terrain. Now Audi is presenting a concept car that reinterprets typical all‑road elements and provides a glimpse into the brand’s design future. Its design underscores the sporty elegance of the all-road concept.

Not bad. I admit I’m interested to see the concept car.

Image Credit: Audi

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3 thoughts on “Audi Set To Unveil 2 New Production PHEVs + Prologue Allroad Concept PHEV At Upcoming Auto Shanghai 2015

  • Now things get interesting.
    Improvements in hybrid drives in energy efficiency
    Which automobile company will have more than 50 % of their models in hybrid. and when?
    At that time crude oil will never go over $ 50 a barrel, in my opinion.

    • What’s your definition of “50% of their models in hybrid”?

      • All models cars, tucks, SUV) a company makes, you are able to get as either a hybrid or a ICE.

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