Plug-in Hybrid Added to Audi A3 Line-up, In Europe12/08/2020
Audi’s new A3 45 TFSIe just went on sale in Europe and is a more-powerful version of the 40 TFSIe plug-in hybrid. The 45 TFSIe stickers for 41,440 Euros, or around $50,000, which is a $4,600 hike over the 40 TFSIe. U.S. Audi officials told Autoweek there are no plans to bring the car here. Audi officials remind us that it has the Q4 e-tron SUV arriving here later next year alongside the e-tron SUV, the Sportback and the performance-oriented e-tron GT.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain marries a 1.4-liter turbo four to a 107 hp electric motor mounted in the gearbox to produce 242 hp and 295 lb ft of combined output, 41 hp and 37 lb ft over the 40. The new car can hit 62 mph in 6.8 seconds, 0.8 seconds quicker. Electric-only range is a WLTP-certified 39.1 miles, but full consumption and emissions figures are yet to be released.
The performance improvements are all software related. The hardware is identical to the 40. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox and the 13.0kWh battery under the rear seats can still be fully charged in five hours on a 230V outlet. Drive is split automatically between EV and engine in Auto Hybrid mode. Battery Charge and Battery Hold lean more heavily on the engine to preserve battery.
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