2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid
The Audi Q5 crossover tends to get lost in the X3/GLK/SRX hubbub, but it's a contender not to be overlooked. Especially so now that it's coming with a hybrid drivetrain pairing a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with a 44-horsepower electric motor. This video gives us our first look at the vehicle, due for its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in just over a week.
The 2.0-liter TFSI engine cranks out 208 horsepower, which paired with the 44-horsepower electric motor yields a confusingly engineer-derived 241 combined horsepower. That's enough to shoot the luxury crossover to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds (about as fast as the 2012 Buick Regal GS) and on to a top speed of 138 mph.
A low-speed, acceleration-limited electric-only mode is also available, with a range of up to 2 miles. Consider this good for parking lot duty and not much else.
In addition to the hybrid drivetrain, the Q5 Hybrid equips low-rolling resistance tires, special badging, and some other minor modifications to let those with keen eyes know it's not a regular Q5.
We'll be on the floor for the car's debut, so stay tuned for the full details and live photos as the unveiling happens.