Audi A3 e-tron Concept a sporty plug-in hybrid unveiled

Audi extends its range with the A3 e-tron , a plug-in hybrid version inspired by the Concept A3 and shown these days at the Shanghai Motor Show (21-28 April).

DESIGN: style and sizes are similar to those of the A3 Concept, with the large single-frame and stylish LED lights featuring the front. The interior have undergone only to minor changes relating to the leather colors and the instruments panel which now shows the power indicator instead of the speedometer. Among technological equipment are the multimedia system MMI with thin screen and WLAN internet access for all passengers.

PLUG-IN HYBRID: the electric propulsion system of the Audi A3-tron is liquid cooled and weighs 65 kg, is also powered by lithium-ion batteries by 26.5 kWh, delivering 136 hp and 270 Nm of torque. Under the bridge of the cockpit console are placed 300 kg of batteries. The thermal engine is the four-cylinder 1.4 TFSI with 211 hp that combined with the electric unit develops 238 hp total, and allow the Audi A3 e-tron Concept to reach 231 km/h and from standstill to 100 km/h in 6, 8 seconds. The Audi A3-tron weighs 1,592 kg total, almost like a four-wheel drive A3 Sportback, thanks to the abundant use of aluminum and lightweight materials. The trunk seems rather a bit small with only 265 liters, while the standard version offers 302 Lt.

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