New Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid with 201HP to Debut at Geneva Motor Show

With less than two weeks until all eyes in the automotive world turn to Switzerland and the Geneva Motor Show, Audi today confirmed the world premiere of a new addition to its third generation A3 hatchback, the plug-in hybrid ‘e-tron’.

Audi’s latest e-tron model features a hybrid powertrain that couples a 1.4-liter TFSI turbocharged petrol engine delivering 148hp (150PS) to an electric motor with an output of 75kW (101hp or 102PS) integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic, transferring the power to the front wheels.

The two powerplants produce a combined system output of 201hp (204PS) and 350Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque allowing the five-door Sportback model to complete the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 7.6 seconds and top out at 222 km/h (138mph).

The German automaker says that, according to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, A3 e-tron consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.8 US mpg or 188 UK mpg with CO2 emissions of 35g/km, but keep in mind, both these numbers includes the constant use of the electric motor.

The A3 e-tron can be driven in three different modes: with only the combustion engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode. In pure electric mode, the e-tron model can reach a top speed of 130km/h (81mph) and has a maximum driving range of 50 kilometers or about 31 miles.

Audi hasn’t said yet in which countries the A3 e-tron will be available.

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