Audi e-tron boasts 1.5-litres use per 100km

18:10, Mar 02 2013
Audi A3 E-Tron hybrid.
FUEL EFFICIENT: Audi's A3 e-tron that will be launched at the Geneva motor show.

The third generation A3 doesn't arrive in New Zealand until the end of April, but meantime at the Geneva Motor Show next week, Audi will premiere a special new addition of its third generation hatchback, the plug-in hybrid "e-tron".

This latest of Audi's e-tron models features a hybrid powertrain that couples the VAG group's familiar 1.4-litre TFSI turbocharged petrol fours putting out 110 kilowatts with an electric motor with an output of 75kW, all integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic transmission that outs the combined effort through to the front wheels. The two power plants produce a maximum combined system output of 150kW and 350 newton-metres of torque allowing the five-door Sportback model to complete the 0-to-100kmh sprint in 7.6 seconds and top out at 222kmh.

The German carmaker says that, according to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, A3 e-tron consumes on average just 1.5 litres of fuel per 100km (188mpg) with CO 2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of 35g/km. It's worth bearing in mind that these numbers include the constant use of the electric motor.

The A3 e-tron can be driven in three different modes: with only the petrol engine on its own, just the electric drive, or in hybrid mode, where both power units share driving duties. In pure electric mode, the e-tron model can reach a top speed of 130kmh and has a maximum driving range of 50 kilometres. It may not sound like much, but most people could commute to work without ever engaging the petrol part of the Audi e-tron set-up.

Audi hasn't said yet in which countries the A3 e-tron will be available, but we can report that the rest of the A3 range reaches New Zealand in two months.


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