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The Audi A3 e-tron concept showcases a luxury hatchback that can consume just 1.5 litres of fuel per 100km using a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain.

Audi has released pictures and details of the plug-in hybrid version of its new five-door A3, which is expected to go into production in 2014.

In addition to the ultra-low fuel consumption, the Audi A3 e-tron emits just 35 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

Audi’s hybrid hatch combines a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor for a total output of 150kW and 350Nm. They complement each other with the electric motor producing immediate torque from rest up to about 2000rpm, with a slight overlap with the maximum torque of the petrol engine that peaks between 1750 and 4000rpm.

The two units are linked by a clutch that’s integrated into a six-speed ‘e-S tronic’ gearbox that transfers power to the front wheels.

The Audi A3 e-tron can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds and travel as fast as 222km/h.

Drivers can switch between modes. In full electric mode the e-tron can travel 50km at up to 130km/h, or the driver can opt for petrol power only or combine the two in hybrid mode.

The Audi A3 e-tron will debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show in early March.

The new Volkswagen Golf, which shares its platform with the new A3, is also expected to use a similar drivetrain for a plug-in variant due in either 2014 or 2015.

Audi has now shown a handful of various e-tron concepts and is targeting petrol-electric variants across its range.




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