2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Audi A3 Sportback G-tron, which runs on either compressed natural gas or gasoline, will debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
- The A3 Sportback G-tron will go on sale at the end of 2013, but there is "no news at this point" regarding whether the car will be sold in the U.S.
- The G-tron has a range of about 250 miles on natural gas alone.
INGOLSTADT, Germany — The 2014 Audi A3 Sportback G-tron, which runs on either compressed natural gas or gasoline, will debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show
The A3 Sportback G-tron will go on sale at the end of 2013, but Audi of America told Edmunds there is "no news at this point" regarding whether the car will be sold in the U.S. The G-tron is noteworthy because it is one of the rare luxury cars that runs on natural gas. Pricing and launch details were not announced.
The EPA notes that natural gas, a fossil fuel comprised mostly of methane, is one of the cleanest-burning alternative fuels. Natural gas vehicles are not available on a large scale in the U.S. The 2013 Honda Civic Natural Gas model, which is priced at $27,255, including a $790 destination charge, is one of the rare examples.
The G-tron has a range of about 250 miles on natural gas alone. Gasoline boosts the range to 559 miles.
The G-tron is equipped with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that features turbocharging and direct injection. The car has a top speed of 118 mph and sprints from zero to 62 mph in 11 seconds. Audi describes the car as "fully bivalent" and says its performance figures are identical in CNG and gasoline modes.
Two displays in the instrument cluster provide the driver with information on the fuel level in the tanks. The driver information system also displays the current fuel consumption based on the particular operating mode.
Audi plans to generate its own synthetic natural gas for its customers. The fuel will be produced at the company's power-to-gas plant in Werlte, Germany.
"Buyers of the Audi A3 Sportback G-tron will presumably obtain the e-gas at public CNG refueling stations," Audi said.
The G-tron will join the 2014 Audi A3 E-tron, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, at the Geneva show.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Audi A3 Sportback G-tron is significant in many respects, from the alternative fuel being available in a luxury car to Audi acting as an energy provider.