Audi is preparing to make a big step into the electrification of its lineup with the unveiling of its brand-new A3 e-tron. The model was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in early 2014.
In case you have taken a little vacation under a rock for the last few years, Audi has been tossing around the e-tron designation since 2009. At the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi unveiled the first e-tron concept in the form of the 308-horsepower 2010 R8 e-tron.
Audi again dropped an e-tron concept in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show with the A4-based concept that was rumored to see life in 2014. In concept guise, this model pumped out 201 horsepower and hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. This model, codenamed the 9X1, is supposedly under development and will hit production in 2014.
The e-tron line carried on with the A1 e-tron at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, which produced 101 horsepower. Then, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the 2011 e-tron Spyder stopped the show with its 296-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 TDI engine and 86-horsepower electric motors that sprinted the convertible to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Audi finally unveiled the first production e-tron model, in the form of the 2013 A3 Sportback e-tron.
|System Output||150 KW (204 Hp)|
|System Torque||350 Nm (258.15 Lb-Ft)|
|Output, 1.4 TFSI||110 KW (150 Hp)|
|Torque, 1.4 TFSI||250 Nm (184.39 Lb-Ft) From 1,750 To 4,000 Rpm|
|Output, Electric Motor||Max. 75 KW|
|Torque, Electric Motor||Max. 330 Nm (243.40 Lb-Ft)|
|Battery Capacity / Voltage||8.8 KWh / 280 To 390 Volts|
|0 – 100 Km/H (62 Mph)||7.6 S|
|Range In Electric Mode||Up To 50 Km (31.07 Miles)|
|Overall Operating Range In NEDC Cycle||Up To 940 Km (584.09 Miles)|
|Consumption Acc. To ECE Standard||1.5 L/100 Km (156.81 US Mpg)|
|CO2 Emissions Acc. To ECE Standard||35 Grams/Km (56.33 G/Mile)|
|Top Speed||222 Km/H (137.94 Mph)|
The Audi A3 e-tron will be put on sale in 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.