Audi Ditches Gas-Only A3 Hatchback – Will Offer PHEV and TDI Only

MAY 7 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 13

Audi A3 e-tron Interior

Audi A3 e-tron Interior

At the recent 2014 New York Auto Show, Audi made it official that the 5-door hatchback version of the A3 will come to the US in only two versions.

Those two versions are diesel (TDI) and plug-in hybrid.

It’s Audi, so diesel is a given.  However, the decision to drop gas engine options from the hatchback version of the A3 for the US market was unexpected.

Buyers looking for an A3 hatchback have two choices: diesel or PHEV.

Audi of America President Scott Keogh issued this statement:

“This new version has been one of our most requested models since the announcement of the new A3 family.”

By “new version,” Keogh is referring to the hatchback, of which the plug-in hybrid version called the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will be the first to go on sale in the US in early 2015.  The TDI version will join the PHEV by Summer of 2015.

So, initial buyers of the Audi A3 hatchback will have but one choice: the plug-in version.  That is, until the TDI model arrives several months later.

Source: Automotive News

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13 Comments on "Audi Ditches Gas-Only A3 Hatchback – Will Offer PHEV and TDI Only"

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Does this mean that Audi has decided to create a diesel PHEV version of the A3? Or will the A3 e-Tron Sportback PHEV be a gasoline/petrol burning plug-in as described here: http://insideevs.com/audi-confirms-early-2015-launch-of-a3-sportback-e-tron-plug-in-hybrid-in-us/

Apologies if the title is confusing. Audi is dropping the gas-only version of the A3 in favor of a TDI (diesel) A3 and a PHEV A3 that features a 1.4-liter gas engine and an electric motor. So, by “ditches gas engines” it was meant that Audi decided to ditch any setup that utilizes only a gas engine. The plug-in version gets a gas engine with an electric motor. No diesel engine in the PHEV.

In that case you need to fix the 4th paragraph, which currently says “diesel or PHEV diesel”…..

Fixed it right as you were typing the comment

The decision to have it as the only gas/petrol A3 option, will hopefully make the A3 eTron PHEV even more popular. Thanks for clarifying.

I wish the plug in version offered Quattro, that would have been huge…. For some people anyway…

MrEnergyCzar

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Especially a through-the-road AWD with electric motor(s) in the rear. Likely cheaper, lighter and more reliable than all the CV joints and shafts and whatnot.

is it based on the A3 or A3 sportback ?

Sportback from everything I’ve read. The “regular” A3 is only being brought over as a sedan. I didn’t think the U.S. was getting anything other than the gas PHEV in the sportback config (i.e. surprised the diesel may now be available too in that body style).

The wagon A3 has been available in the US for well over a year now, with a gas engine, a gas engine w/quattro, and a diesel version (no quattro).

What I want to know is if the hatchback is the same as the wagon or not, or if I’m just getting my monikers confused.

I just hope they can actually build a car with a plug….
That would be a good start , and much better than another proclamation or press release.
I do like the A3 etron as It has been described.
Guessing late 2015 at best Audi seems really slow to move.

– Sportwagen diesel take is high
– Hatchbacks are bought for practicality and efficiency.

Seems like a logical decision.

The only way this decision makes any sense at all, is if the PHEV really beats the pants off of the gas-only version, at a similar price (after Federal tax incentive of course).

If so, good for them! Otherwise, this is a very odd decision indeed.