Audi is making a big step forward in the plug-in hybrid world with the launch of the 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron which combines the efficiency of an electric vehicle with a first-rate driving experience. The A3 Sportback is expected to be the first of many e-tron models that Audi plans to introduce in the U.S.
As a plug-in hybrid, buyers can apply for tax credits and incentives thus lowering the price and making the vehicle cost effective. Audi believes that combining the advantages of the hybrid with an electric motor allows for a better approach to mobility and offers a flexible option as it relates to the everyday challenges of commuting.
Audi’s A3 Sportback has yet to release the EPA figures as it is still being reviewed by the regulators. Audi expects to release this model across the U.S. in October. There is a $37,900 price tag for the Premium package and a $46,800 tag for the Prestige package.
The car’s value is expected to increase once it qualifies for a $4,168 federal tax credit. Buyers from certain states can apply and get qualified for additional credits or incentives. To know more about what incentives or tax credits are available, customers are advised to consult with their respective tax advisers or visit the IRS website.
The A3 Sportback has a 1.4-liter engine with a six-speed transmission. With the addition of an electric motor, the engine is able to produce 204 horsepower as well as 258 lb-ft of torque. A battery pack with an 8.8-kWh lithium ion battery allows for the storage of electrical energy and can be packed under the rear seat.
The electric motor of the A3 Sportback can be charged through the rings located in the car’s Singleframe grille. This placement is strategic as it allows the motor to be charged when the power source is located at either the left or right side of the car.
The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron offers four driving modes for drivers. For instance, the A3 Sportback e-tron can go all-electric with the EV mode. In this mode, the A3 Sportback e-tron is served only by the electric motor that offers quick acceleration.
On the other hand, the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can be operated in Hybrid mode, in which the car itself intelligently selects the most efficient power source (EV, Hybrid or gasoline).
Meanwhile, the Hold Battery mode allows for hybrid driving while preserving the EV range for later use. Charge Battery mode employs the gasoline engine to recharge the battery while cruising at highway speed.