Based join the same chassis and drivetrain as Volkswagen’s highly-praised Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, the Audi A3 e-tron Sportback Plug-in Hybrid has already been on sale for some time in key countries across Europe.
Yet despite promises from Audi USA that the compact plug-in hybrid hatchback would arrive in the U.S. in time for the summer of 2015, it has, as our friends at GCR put it, become “missing in action,” with nary a whiff of news from Audi that signifies the sporty plug-in will be available to buy any time soon. Indeed, while Audi’s corporate website has offered a splash page about the upcoming plug-in for many months, there’s no mention of price or availability on it: only a link offering customers the chance to sign up to be kept informed.
That’s about to change, says AutoSpies, which says that it has obtained exclusive information suggesting that the Audi A3 e-tron will arrive in the U.S. this fall, arriving at dealerships some time in October 2015.
That information comes from a document which AutoSpies says comes from Audi, listing when various 2016 model year cars will arrive in the U.S.
The document, which you can see on the AutoSpies website, shows varying vehicle launch dates for every single Audi model due to head to the U.S. this year, and lists model launch dates from later this month all the way through to January next year.
Look up the A3 family, and you’ll note that while the majority of Audi’s A3 family are due to go on sale in the U.S. during the third week of July, the Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid lags behind, only going on sale during the third week of October.
It’s worth noting however that the rest of the Audi A3 family will only be available in the U.S as four-door sedans, while the Audi A3 e-tron Sportback will only be available as a hatchback.
Based on the same Volkswagen MQB platform as the rest of the Audi A3 family and the Volkswagen Golf family, the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron features a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine matched with a powerful 75 kilowatt electric motor integrated into the car’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Combined, the two power plants produce 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, making a 0-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds when operating in sport mode.Top speed, where legal, is 138 mph with both electric and gasoline engine working together.
Meanwhile, like the Golf GTE, the Audi A3 e-tron can travel in all-electric mode for up to 30 miles per charge thanks to a built-in 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Top speed in electric-only mode is limited to 80 mph.
Sadly, we’ve not had chance to review the A3 e-tron, but check out our review of the Golf GTE, its less luxurious but equally sporty sibling. As for pricing, that’s still an unknown too, but given the gasoline A3 retails for between $29,900 and $41,650, expect the A3 e-tron to retail for between $37,000 and $45,000, depending on trim level and specifications.
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