2021 Audi A3 40 TFSI e plug-in hybrid revealed

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Audi has electrified its all-new A3 Sportback range, with the unveiling of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) '40 TFSI e' variant. Powering the new-generation A3 PHEV is the same powertrain as its Volkswage...
A3 hatch gets 150kW petrol-electric powertrain with 78km of range, but not for Australia

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n Group siblings from Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda. Under the bonnet is a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to an 80kW/330Nm electric motor for combined outputs of 150kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 0-100km/h sprint is completed in 7.6 seconds, towards a top speed of 227km/h. Keen-eyed readers will note those outputs are identical to the aforementioned Volkswagen Golf eHybrid, SEAT Leon eHybrid and Skoda Octavia iV plug-in hybrids offered in Europe. Said readers will also note that a more potent, 180kW/400Nm version of the same hybrid system is offered in the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Skoda Octavia RS iV, which is expected to make its way to the A3 as a "more powerful variant that emphasises the sporty accents shortly after" the launch of the 40 TFSI e.

Audi claims NEDC fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures for the A3 40 TFSI e of 1.4-1.5 litres per 100 kilometres and 30-34 grams per kilometre respectively (with the exact outputs differing depending on wheel size and options). Energy is stored in a 13.0kWh lithium-ion battery – up 48 per cent compared to the outgoing A3 e-tron – mounted underneath the rear seats, allowing the A3 40 TFSI e to travel on electric power alone for up to 78km on the NEDC test cycle (as used in Australia) at speeds of up to 140km/h. On…
Alex Misoyannis
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