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Deliveries for the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron have been set for this October, according to a schedule sent to Audi dealers.
The schedule gives the U.S. port release dates for Audi’s 2016 models, as reported by AutoSpies.com. Other sources have confirmed these dates as well. Per the schedule, Audi dealers can expect to receive the 2016 A3 Sportback e-trons beginning in October.
This wagon version of the A3 will be the first plug-in hybrid for the carmaker. It comes equipped with a 1.4- liter four-cylinder inline engine that’s turbocharged and intercooled. Both the 75-kilowatt electric motor and the 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery are liquid cooled.
Audi lists the combined power output of this hybrid system at 204 horsepower – 150 horsepower from the gas engine and 102 from the electric motor. Because the two power sources peak at different points, the total is not the sum of the parts, a common occurrence with hybrids.
In Europe, officials have certified the A3 Sportback e-tron with an astronomical, and unlikely to be matched on the tougher EPA cycle “157 mpg” combined fuel consumption rating, factoring electric assist.
The EPA hasn’t yet released its estimates for the plug-in, but it’s doubtful that the Audi’s economy numbers will be nearly that high in the U.S.
Observers predict that the final EPA rating could be as high as 48 mpg on the highway, with an electric-mode miles per gallon equivalent rating around 95 MPGe.
Pricing for the U.S. has not yet been released, though the A3 e-tron Sportback is expected to cost around $40,000.
The port release schedule noted one other Audi with an electrified powertrain: the 2016 Q5 Hybrid is set to arrive next month. This crossover is tuned to emphasize performance, sourcing its 245 combined output hybrid powertrain to reach 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Pricing starts just under $53,000 for the 2016 Q5 Hybrid.