Audi seem to be bringing out all the model variants for this year’s Geneva motor show. Alongside the RS Q3, the new A3 e-tron will also feature on its stand.
A plug-in hybrid, the A3 e-tron makes use of a modified 1.4-litre TFSI unit but in here it makes 110kW. Add that to the added help of a 75kW electric motor that can be relied upon to both solely power the e-tron or work in conjunction with the petrol engine, and that makes a grand total combined power of 175kW.
It doesn’t suffer any issues in the acceleration stakes, even with the added weight of the electric motor, it shifts to 100kph in 7.6 seconds and goes on to 220kph. It’s claimed the e-tron will manage 50km on electric power alone and in hybrid mode run as frugally as 1.5l/100km, which means a CO2 figure of just 35g/km.