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

DAVE MOORE
Last updated 07:10 03/03/2013
Audi A3 E-Tron hybrid.

FUEL EFFICIENT: Audi's A3 e-tron that will be launched at the Geneva motor show.

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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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