The world of plug-in hybrids, those who understand that they can be recharged in a power outlet and transformed into real electric cars, continues to reserve surprises such as the -for example- just proposed by the new Audi Q5 Sportback TFSI Hybrid, a newer version sports of the already note Q5. The first is related to the possibility of radically changing the car under the customer’s seat: much more than a simple selection of driving style. In this new German, electronics can revolutionize not only the configuration and dynamic behavior of the car, but its “soul”, allowing you to choose from four different modes: fully electric (EV); main use of the combustion engine, to maintain (Hold) or increase (Charge) the charge of the battery, in view of a later electrical drive. This last system allows to recover approximately 1% of load for each kilometer traveled until reaching the energy threshold of 80%. Or, you can opt for a mode that allows efficient interaction of the two engines (Hybrid).
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Not only that: to the left of the Audi virtual cockpit, the digital instrumentation that replaces the classical instruments, there is a power indicator that constantly detects the most important information: such as the overall power of the system, the driving mode and the battery level. load. In the center of the screen are the data relating to the residual autonomy of both the electric motor and the combustion engine. Information that can also be controlled by logging in to the myAudi application.
Thus, the engine, consisting of the 265 hp 2.0 turbo petrol engine combined with an electric motor and the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox, for a combined power of 367 hp is always under control. Among the subtleties – which give meaning to the mantra “at the forefront of technology”, there is also the “quattro Ultra” all-wheel drive system, which promotes front-wheel drive, to consume and pollute less, sending the torque to the part rear. wheels, through the crankshaft, only when the fronts lose grip. The driver notices anything, or almost nothing, and the car works for him.
Another technology never seen before is the Oled taillights, grouped into small segments and equipped with three-dimensional designs, which not only provide unprecedented lighting, but also allow for record customization. With a single click, the customer can choose from three different lighting design options for the rear lights, changing the style of the car. In addition, the light signature changes depending on the driving mode chosen. And then the headlights with OLED technology are equipped with a proximity sensor: when the vehicle is stopped, a road user approaches from behind, within a radius of two meters, all light segments are activated automatically, to indicate the presence of the car. .
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And even the way to mount the battery of the electric motor is new: the accumulators are integrated under the charging area, so they offer a trunk of approximately 455 liters, which can be expanded up to 1,365 liters with the seats lowered. A very practical feature is the flexible rear seat, which can be tilted or moved back and forth as needed. But what draws the most attention to the cabin are the two large color screens, the 12.3 “one on the virtual control panel and the 10.1” in the center of the control panel of the MIB3 multimedia system: the latter, facing the driver, is rich in functions and responds to touch, and can only be controlled from the touch screen (there is no longer, in fact, the knob of the old Q5 in the central tunnel). The MIB3 is connected to the internet and offers various services offered by the house through the web connection. The most spectacular? The Car-to-X, which communicates with the other Audi and provides information on parking, speed limits and potential hazards. In some cases, the system connects to urban infrastructure to receive information about traffic lights and suggest to the driver the speed to be maintained to change to green at the next intersection.