Audi A3 e-tron
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway
It's no surprise really, but confirmation from an automaker still confirms what we'd guessed would be the case a couple months back.
German automaker Audi confirmed that the US will indeed get its plug-in hybrid 2015 A3 e-tron Sportback.
It's likely the plug-in Audi A3 will come to the states sometime in late 2014, but be sold as a Model Year 2015 vehicle. There's no word on pricing at this time, nor is there a set-in-stone release date.
Here's a quick summary of the specs of the Audi A3 e-tron:
“The Audi A3 e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, the five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 35 grams per km. In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and has a maximum range of 50 km (31.07 miles).”
The plug-in hybrid system in the A3 e-tron combines a 150-horsepower 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that spins out 101 hp. As mentioned above, the A3 e-tron has a projected electric-only range of up to 31 miles, but we expect that number to drop significantly under EPA testing methodology.
Again, it's no surprise the Audi A3 e-tron is coming to the US, as that's been rumored for sometime now, but to have the automaker confirm our beliefs is reassuring that we're not totally off track.