Audi has just introduced the A3 Sportback e-Tron, an electrified version of the A3 hatchback, which is described as a benchmark for other plug-in hybrids. It appears that this is just the beginning for the German carmaker as the company plans to offer a plug-in hybrid variant in each of its key models by 2020.
In addition, Audi is developing two plug-in hybrid powertrain families and its future models that will be based on the MQB platform will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain similar to the one found on the A3 e-Tron.
For those who don’t know, the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron is powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine that generates 150 hp (110 kW) but also by an electric moor that delivers 100 hp (75 kW).
The disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into the new six-speed e-S tronic transmission, which delivers the powet to the front wheels. Using jus the electricity, the A3 e-Tron is able to offer a range of 50 km (31 miles), while top speed is 130 km/h or 80 mph.
The hybrid system pushes the A3 e-Tron from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds and offers a top speed of 222 km/h or 138 mph. Fuel consumption is absolutely impressive: 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km or 156.81 US mpg. CO2 emissions are just 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile).
Audi is planning to offer four-wheel-drive versions of its models using the MQB platform. The petrol engine will drive the power to the front wheels, while the electric motor will deliver the power to the rear wheels.
The bigger models that will be based on the MLB-Evo platform will use a similar system, where the electric motor will be mounted between the engine and gearbox. [source: autocar]