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Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid Unveiled

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Audi has unveiled the new audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. On the outside the A3 e-tron looks almost identical to the five-door A3, but under the hood its powered by a new plug-in hybrid system that according to Audi provides a glimpse "into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it."

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The A3 e-tron is powered by a 150 horsepower 1.4 TFSI engine that is mated to a 75 kW electric motor. The plug-in hybrid system puts out a total 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels. The two powerplants complement one another. The electric motor delivers its peak torque from start to around 2000 rpm, and the TFSI's maximum pulling power is available in a range from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm.

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The Audi A3 e-tron reaches 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 138 mph. According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, the five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg), on the European cycle. In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 81 mph and has a maximum range of 31 miles.

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