Video: Translogic Drives the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

JAN 30 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron is latest plug-in electric vehicle to be featured on Translogic.

A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

For now, Audi seems to be more interested in introducing plug-in hybrids then all-electrics, because the automaker strongly believes that the PHEV setup eliminatescompromises.

The A3 E-Tron, which will be available in U.S. in 2015, was recently shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The price still remains an uknown at this time, but with reviews trickling in, we start to get a sense of what to expect from Audi’s first US-bound plug in.

Here’s the video description uploaded by Translogic:

“We get an early drive of Audi’s first plug-in vehicle for the U.S. market, the A3 Sportback E-Tron PHEV. Part of Audi’s all-new A3 lineup, the Sportback E-Tron boasts an estimated electric driving range of about 30 miles at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. Does Audi’s first ever production E-Tron deliver the same performance and technology that the luxury German automaker has become known for? Watch to find out!”

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10 Comments on "Video: Translogic Drives the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron"

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For their first ventures into the electric car market Audi is taking the lead on PHEVs, and VW on BEVs, with the E-Up already on the market and the E-Golf coming in the next couple of months.

There will be PHEV VWs, but whether there will be BEV Audi’s is less clear, although the Q8 detailed here the other day seems to be going for it.

Audi taking the lead?

Step 1. Actually produce something
Step 2. Actually sell and deliver what’s produced
Step 3 Catch up to the competition

They have at least Chevrolet, Volvo, Ford, Toyota and Mitsubishi ahead of them. And they won’t even take the lead when it comes to brands from the same manufacturer because VW will surely beat Audi easily when it comes to PHEVs.

VW as a whole and VW as a car brand will probably catch up the rest and be up there in a couple of years, but Audi?

I was referring to the lead within the VW group.

You know that VW owns Audi?

I don’t care for the analog instrument panel, and I HATE that pop-up NAV screen.. that is annoying.

I think that is about the only car review I have ever seen which manages to tell you absolutely nothing about what it is like to drive.
Way to go, Translogic!

Exactly! It looks like paid advertisement. Anyway Audi are very good in promises.

Nah, Its just a rubbish review.
The car does fine in other reviews, and drivers love it, so why would Audi want a review which did not mention how good it is to drive?

As for the promises, until recently the VW group did not have the platforms which were BEV and PHEV capable for mass production, so they released prototypes.

They have not spent in the region of 4 billion Euros developing 4 new compatible platforms for the heck of it.

The cars will come now, the A3 E-tron for the US in spring 2015

It seems 30 EV miles is the entry point for luxury plug-in vehicles.

Too bad it won’t have AWD as an option….