Audi A3 e-tron unveiled

6 Mar, 2013 10:01am Luke Madden

Pictures and details of the plug-in hybrid Audi A3 e-tron concept following its debut at Geneva

Audi has revealed the A3 e-tron, a plug-in hybrid concept, at the Geneva Motor Show.

Despite its concept label, Audi has already expressed an interest in having an e-tron badged model in every segment and has said that the A3 e-tron provides "a realistic glimpse in to the future of mobility as Audi is planning it".

Power comes from a combination of 1.4-litre TFSI engine and electric motor. Together, the two power sources produce 201bhp and 350Nm of torque. Those figures are good enough to make the A3 e-tron the most powerful model in the line-up.

All drive is delivered through a six-speed e-S tronic gearbox to the front wheels, allowing for a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 138mph. The extra weight of the battery pack and electric motor means that despite being the most powerful A3 in the current range, it’s actually half-a-second slower from 0-62mph than the 1.8 TFSI car.

But the A3 e-tron really stands out for its efficiency; Audi claims that the A3 e-tron is capable of 188.3mpg and emits just 35g/km of CO2, which is far better than the next most efficient model – the 74.3mpg 1.6 TDI.

Drivers can select between three different driving modes: the engine alone, the electric motor alone or a combination of the two. In electric-only mode, the e-tron can be driven at speeds of up to 81mph and has a maximum range of 31 miles.

A production version of the A3 e-tron is expected late in 2014.

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"capable of 188.3mpg and emits just 35g/km of CO2"
What a load of BS, we need a proper way of comparing such hybrids (to each other and to non-hybrids). For a car to do 180+mpg I should be able to drive 900+ miles on 5 gallons of fuel, etc. and I very much doubt the e-tron can do that.

All those numbers are bogus. If a plug-in hybrid is always fully charged then it may achieve any mpg score depending on the use. I wonder what is the consumption when starting with empty batteries. I wouldn't be suprised if the scores are then worse than that of the S3 model.

Is it me or does the A3 look massive nowadays?! I no longer consider this a small hatch.

I find the figures equally confounding but its not Audi's fault. I don't want to say anything negative at this point in time.
I am just glad that as the world's third largest car maker the VW Group is begining to show some eco credentials.

I read somewhere recently that the A3 is now the size of the original A4, and the VW Polo the size of the original Golf!