Audi A3 e-tron electrifies Geneva crowd

Audi A3 e-tron at 2013 Geneva Motor Show
Audi A3 e-tron at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Consumes 1.5 liters / 100 km

The Audi A3 e-tron has made its first public appearance this week at the 83rd edition of the Geneva Motor Show.

The plug-in hybrid five-door sportback has an updated 1.4-liter TFSI developing 150 HP (110 kW) working in tandem with a 102 HP (75 kW) electric motor to provide a combined output of 204 HP (150 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). A double-clutch 6-speed e-S tronic is in charge of sending power to front wheels.

0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) takes 7.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h). Audi says the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid is capable of returning an impressive 156.8 mpg US (188.3 mpg UK or 1.5 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of only 35 g/km.

The driver can choose to use the car in hybrid, electric or gasoline mode. When running solely on electric power it can reach a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h) and provide a range of up to 31 miles (50 km).

Audi has provided no timetable yet for when we can expect a market launch.

Source: Audi

The Audi A3 e-tron 

  • Highly efficient plug-in hybrid with 150 kW (204 hp) system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) system torque
  • From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds
  • 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg)
Audi is working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology. The brand with the four rings is showing the Audi A3 e-tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of system torque, sporty performance is guaranteed.

The Audi A3 e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, the five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile). In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and has a maximum range of 50 km (31.07 miles).

The combustion engine is a modified 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW (150 hp). A clutch links the TFSI to an electric motor with an output of 75 kW. The disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels. The two powerplants complement one another. The electric motor delivers its peak torque from start to around 2000 rpm, and the TFSI’s maximum pulling power is available in a range from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm.

The Audi A3 e-tron can be driven with just the combustion engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode. Even in electric mode it offers powerful acceleration without the need to engage the TFSI. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time (“boosting”). When the driver lets up on the accelerator, they both deactivate temporarily (“gliding”). In this way motor braking torque is eliminated and efficiency increases.

At the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A3 e-tron will provide a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it. The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand.

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Comments (8)

Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Omg what a hideous grill.
Mar 8th, 2013 2:33am
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booost booost
I agree but I'm sure with a numberplate on it won't be as garish.
Jul 3rd, 2014 12:59pm
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9TNine 9TNine
Very impressive... guarantees VW-Audi's pole position in Europe for years to come
Mar 6th, 2013 6:30pm
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tumbo tumbo
Indeed. Plus the A3 is such a sexy small car. But I will never get used to not having any exhaust pipes :(
Mar 6th, 2013 6:55pm
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hunker7 hunker7
This is the future
Mar 6th, 2013 3:16pm
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You must not have seen the 1 series GT BMW debuted like 6 months ago. That uses a 1.5 liter gas engine to power the front wheels and an electric Motor for The rear wheels essentially creating an AWD hybrid. The future already debuted, Audi is just playing catchup like usual.
Mar 9th, 2013 3:25pm
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hunker7 hunker7
That is a problem with you BMW fans, you are quick to make other cars look bad. I said it generally, hybrids, doesn't matter which make. Idiot. And I would like to comment on 'catch up', but I rather not, no point to argue with BMW fanboys :)
Mar 9th, 2013 6:52pm
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Garais877 Garais877
well A3 e-tron goes on sale later this year, where the bmw you talking about is going on sales only next year... Who is playing catchup???
Mar 12th, 2013 4:54pm
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