Audi fires up the Q5 Hybrid Quattro

Audi's seen the error of its ways and taken the hybrid plunge, releasing YouTube video footage of its Q5 Hybrid Quattro ahead of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

We already know Audi is a huge fan of gas-guzzling petrol supercars , and we also know the German company also has ambitions to bring us electrically powered vehicles , but perhaps wary of hobbling its Gene Hunt rep, it's been relatively slow to get involved in the namby-pamby hybrid market.

Happily, though, it's seen the error of its ways and taken the hybrid plunge. The company's just released YouTube video footage of its Q5 Hybrid Quattro ahead of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check it out below.

It'll feature a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 208bhp 2-litre TFSI engine and a 33kW electric motor that provide a total power output of 241bhp and 354ft-lb of torque.

Audi reckons the Q5 Hybrid Quattro will achieve 40.4mpg and CO2 emissions of below 160g/km. That ain't bad for a large four-wheel-drive vehicle, though it's worth remembering the Lexus RX450h , which we tested earlier in the year, achieves 44.8mpg and produces just 148g/km of CO2.

That said, the Q5 Hybrid Quattro should be pretty quick. Audi reckons it'll do 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds and have a top speed of 138mph, which compares favourably to the RX450h's 7.8-second 0-60mph time and 124mph top speed.

Sadly, the car's electric-only range isn't particularly impressive. Audi says the on-board lithium-ion battery provides enough juice to run the car for 1.86 miles at 37mph, though we suppose it's enough to justify making extremely short trips to the shops -- even if the Q5 Hybrid Quattro is a 4x4.

The Q5 Hybrid Quattro will also boast some smashing cabin tech. Audi's likely to outfit the car with a satellite navigation system powered by Google Earth and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity as seen in the Audi A8 .

It's all terribly exciting. We'll bring you more information on the car once it's unveiled in LA, but in the meantime, make sure you get a closer look at the car for yourself by watching the footage below.

 

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