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Audi has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its Q5 crossover ahead of it going on sale next month and the first deliveries arriving in Q4 2019.

It is set to cost from £55,000 and is powered by a 252hp petrol engine which is mated to a 105kW electric motor, providing a total power output of 367hp.

Audi claimed the model is able to travel for up to 26 miles on electric-only power which the firm claimed makes it possible for the vehicle to “cover most everyday driving distances – including motorway journeys – without backup from the petrol engine.”

Q5 e-tron

CO2 emissions are rated at 49g/km and it can return 113mpg, Audi added. . The integrated charger charges the lithium ion battery with a maximum power of 7.4 kW, however, the firm said that even using a 230v supply an empty battery can be fully recharged overnight in roughly six hours.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights with High Beam Assist, 20-inch alloy wheels, a Technology Pack incorporating virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation High and PHEV-specific displays.

A smartphone app also allows drivers to use the services from the Audi connect portfolio on their smartphones, meaning the app can be used to check the battery and range status, start the charging process, programme the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics, while the company said its sat-nav displays the locations of public charging points.