Audi recently unveiled some changes to their 2013 Audi Q5 midsize SUV range, which will include their first ever hybrid model. The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro combines a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery to give the SUV the power of a V6 engine, but with the fuel economy of a more efficient four-cylinder engine.

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The Q5 Hybrid Quattro is powered by a 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor. The two motors generate a combined output of 245 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque. The hybrid system sends its power to all four wheels via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The electric motor gets its power from a compact lightweight lithium-ion battery system with 1.3 kWh energy capacity.

The driver can switch between three driving modes with the touch of a button. The EV mode prioritizes the electric drive, while the D mode efficiently controls both the four-cylinder engine and electric motor. The S mode is configured for a sporty style of driving. The Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro can be driven with just the four-cylinder engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode.

Audi claims that the Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro will reach 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds and that it can drive in pure electric mode for just under 2 miles at a constant speed of 37 mph. It also has a combined fuel economy rating of 34 mpg.

The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro will be recognized by its fully painted bumpers and ten spoke turbine wheels when it arrives this summer.

+ Audi