Audi to Reveal A3 e-tron Electric Hybrid Concept in Geneva
Audi took the wraps off its A3 e-tron concept, which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. While the last e-tron was a pure electric car, this new model will be a plug-in hybrid.
Under the hood is a modified version of the stock A3 Sportback’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 75-kilowatt electric motor that is integrated into the car’s six-speed automatic transmission. Audi calls the new motor-transmission hybrid e-S tronic.
Total system output is 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A United States-spec 2012 A3 with the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft, so the plug-in e-tron won’t penalize drivers on the power front.
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