Audi Bringing A3 e-Tron to Geneva

After unveiling its first performance SUV, the RS Q3, Audi has revealed another surprise for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
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It's Audi's first compact hybrid and it promises to be "a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility". "Sporty performance is guaranteed" as well by the German manufacturer, which makes us look under the bonnet. Virtually, of course.

There's a 1.4-liter TFSI engine underneath, with 150 HP, and an electric motor providing another 102 HP. Combined output is 204 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque, so our guess is that Audi is right as far as performance is concerned.

Before you ask, the car reaches 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h). Fuel consumption is 156.8 mpg (1.5 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emission of only 35 g / km. It sounds good and it's worth watching it at Geneva and in the near future as well.

In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron has a maximum range of 31 miles (50 km) and a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). The vehicle can be also driven in hybrid or gasoline mode.
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