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New Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – Welcome to the future

Audi engineering knows no limits. The electric connector is ingeniously hidden behind the four Augsburg circles.

Audi engineering knows no limits. The electric connector is ingeniously hidden behind the four Augsburg circles.

Audi has embarked toward future mobility with the international launch of the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which can cover up to 50 kilometres in pure electric mode.
The A3 Sportback e-tron combines dynamic power, high efficiency and an emotional driving experience. The five-door compact, whose 1.4 TFSI engine and electric motor produce a system output of 150 kW, is a sporty all-rounder and perfect for everyday driving. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is now available in Europe and is currently under review for the South African market, with a possible introduction in 2016.
Its sporty character positions the A3 Sportback e-tron as a new highlight in the A3 family. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron offers all the strengths of a typical Audi. The system output is 150 kW with a maximum system torque of 350 Nm. The battery has a capacity of 8.8 kWh and can be charged in a little more than two hours from an industrial outlet. A versatile charging system is standard, while a smartphone app provides for extremely easy remote charging and precooling/preheating. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 222 km/h. In purely electric mode, top speed is limited to 130 km/h. The hybrid management system intelligently controls the interaction of the drive systems. It offers the driver numerous functions, including boost, in which the engine and motor actively work together, and recuperation, which feeds the automobile’s kinetic energy back into the battery. The car is almost always started electrically, except at very low temperatures, in extremely hot conditions or when battery charge is very low. With the electric motor’s high torque, the compact car accelerates strongly. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron comes standard with a charging system that makes full use of the power supplied by the electrical outlet. It comprises a control unit with graphical display, a car cable and two power cables with the household and industrial plugs appropriate for the respective country.

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