Auto Shanghai 2011 Audi A3 e-tron concept

Apr 19, 2011
Author: Grigoriy Gomelchuk
Photos: Audi
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It seems like all of Audi’s models will soon have a plug-in hybrid sibling with e-tron prefix in the title.

Stylistically, the newbie and its petrol elder, presented at Geneva a month ago, differ from each other only in the decorative elements (the radiator grille, rims, e-tron styled air intakes) and colour. Plus the interior has different colour themes and there are new buttons on the central console, which run the automatic transmission. The tachometer is replaced by a ‘power meter’ with a scale of 0 to 100% and a multi-coloured needle displaying what type of energy is being used (electric motor, internal combustion, or both) – plus a battery charge level indicator.

The power plant includes a 1.4-litre turbocharged TFSI rated at 211 hp and electric motor of 27 hp power output, which in sum gives it 238 horses. Coupled together they can do a hundred in 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 231 km/h. Li-Ion batteries are placed behind the rear seats. The 1720 kg weighted saloon has 54 km of fuel distance.

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