New Audi A4 will get the e-Quattro all-wheel-drive
The Audi A4, which is expected to come on the auto market this year, will be the first car equipped with the hybrid all-wheel-drive system e-Quattro.
First, the e-Quattro system was presented two years ago and used in the Le Mans prototypes by Audi as well. Soon, the system will be put into the production.
The hybrid all-wheel-drive system allows the internal combustion engine powers one axle while the electric drive powers another axle to make all-wheel-drive as well.
Audi is not an only auto manufacturer, which uses that technology; Volvo, Porsche, Peugeot and BMW have already offered similar technology.
However, the e-Quattro is built to power all four wheels at the same time even while the car is moving totally electric power only. The first vehicle equipped with the e-Quattro was the A4 e-tron Quattro concept, which was shown in 2011.
The novelty will include a few driving modes: the engine for front-wheel-drive, the hybrid mode for all-wheel-drive and the only electric mode for two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive as will.
The powertrain will produce the total output of 408 horsepower: the engine produces 292 horsepower, one motor powering the front wheels -54 horsepower and another motor powering the rear wheels -116 horsepower.
The electric motor is powered with the lithium-ion battery, which may be charged at home or by regenerative on the road.
This technology is first offered the new TT-built crossover –the TTQ, which was shown by the TT Off-road concept car of 2014.
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