Audi may come with the Q5 Hybrid at the LA Auto Show image

The Q5 hybrid, the automaker’s first hybrid, will get the 2.0-liter TFSI engine, rated at 211 hp, and an electric motor, and for the first time will be unveiled at the upcoming La Auto Show.

The Q5 hybrid crossover SUV will be Audi’s first hybrid for sale in North America when it hits the market sometime in 2011. Details about the Q5 hybrid are limited at this time.

Opinion is split on whether Audi will use nickel metal hydride or lithium ion batteries in the Q5 Hybrid.

The electric motor integrated between the 211-hp four-cylinder gas engine and the eight-speed tiptronic transmission can supply a further 45 hp to the driveline, as well as a vigorous 155.63 pound-feet of torque.

Rupert Stadler, chairman of AUDI AG, put it this way in a statement: “To accompany our high-efficiency TDI and FSI engines, we shall offer electric power in the best possible forms for a wide range of mobility needs. The hybrid driveline will be followed by all-electric vehicles.”