Audi reveals A3 e-tron Concept ahead of 2013 Geneva debut, capable of 80 mph on all electric power

Audi revealed another vehicle that they’ll be showcasing at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, ahead of its debut. In the spotlight, the new 2014 A3 e-tron plug-in electric hybrid.

Powering the hybrid electric luxury compact is, as you’ve guessed, a hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.4L TFSI four-banger good for 150hp that’s linked up to an electric motor capable of outputting 100hp for a combined output of 204hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Sixty quietly passes by in just 7.6 seconds for a top run of 138 mph while fuel economy clocks in at up to 156.81 US mpg.

The Audi A3 e-tron is also capable of achieving 80 mph strictly on all-electric power while the range has been estimated to last for about 31 miles. Channeling that power is a traditional six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Though in between the motor and the cog swapper sits that 100hp electric motor.

No word on pricing or sales timing. Nor are there any details surrounding a US-bound version, unsurprisingly. But there is a press release, which you can check out after the jump.

The Audi A3 e-tron

• Highly efficient plug-in hybrid with 150 kW (204 hp) system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) system torque
• From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds
• 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg)

Audi is working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology. The brand with the four rings is showing the Audi A3 e-tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of system torque, sporty performance is guaranteed.

The Audi A3 e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 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, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 35 grams per km. In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and has a maximum range of 50 km (31.07 miles).

The combustion engine is a modified 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW (150 hp). A clutch links the TFSI to an electric motor with an output of 75 kW. The disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic, 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.

The Audi A3 e-tron can be driven with just the combustion engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode. Even in electric mode it offers powerful acceleration without the need to engage the TFSI. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time (“boosting”). When the driver lets up on the accelerator, they both deactivate temporarily (“gliding”). In this way motor braking torque is eliminated and efficiency increases.

At the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A3 e-tron will provide a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it. The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand.

– By: Chris Chin