Audi confirmed the A3 Sportback e-tron Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for the U.S. market at the same time it announced the arrival of the A3 sedan.
Audi of America, Inc. officially announced plans March 26 for the arrival of the all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan.
Coming to showrooms in the first quarter of 2014, the Audi A3 sedan will offer various powertrains, including a 1.8 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI clean diesel and the high performance S3 with a high-output 2.0 TFSI.
Audi of America also confirmed that it will be adding to the A3 family by offering the A3 Sportback e-tron, first shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
This PHEV A3 demonstrates, according to Audi, the production intent of e-tron using plug in hybrid technology, a practical first step towards electrified driving which mitigates the range anxiety concerns associated with most full battery electric vehicles.
The e-tron name denotes any Audi electric vehicle with plug-in capabilities. The A3 e-tron shown in Geneva displayed a power train with a combined 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
“The Audi A3 will set the new benchmark among entry-level luxury sedans,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “This A3 line-up redefines the standards of its class in dynamics, efficiency, technology, craftsmanship and performance.”
The A3 model line will offer four different engine variants including the 170 horsepower 1.8 TFSI, and 150 horsepower 2.0 TDI clean diesel, and a low and high-output 2.0 TFSI used in the A3 quattro and S3 quattro respectively.
Horsepower figures for the 2.0 TFSI engines will be available closer to launch. All engines are linked to the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission.
New to the A3, the Audi drive select allows the driver to adjust throttle response, shift points, and the electromechanical steering effort. Similar to other Audi models, Audi drive select has four settings that include Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Individual.
Audi will release at a later date fuel consumption estimates and exact on-sale dates.