Audi A3 E-tron Plug-In Hybrid Debuts at 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

2011 Shanghai Auto Show

  • Audi A3 E-tron Picture

    Audi A3 E-tron Picture

    Introduced at the Shanghai auto show, the Audi A3 E-tron is the latest addition to the German automaker’s ever-expanding E-tron portfolio of electrified vehicles. | April 19, 2011

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2011 Shanghai Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Unveiled in Shanghai, the Audi A3 E-tron will go into production as part of the E-tron line.
  • It's not an EV, though, but a plug-in hybrid based on the next-generation A3 sedan.
  • The powertrain combines a 209-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and a 26-hp electric motor.

SHANGHAI, China — The Audi A3 E-tron, introduced here at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, is the latest addition to the German automaker's ever-expanding E-tron portfolio of electrified vehicles. However, the A3 E-tron isn't an EV per se, but a plug-in hybrid.

This plug-in hybrid derivative of Audi's A3 sedan concept brings together a 209-horsepower, turbocharged and direct-injected 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 26-hp electric motor, with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission handling the shifting duties. Energy is stored in a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

Audi says the powertrain combination enables 0-60 acceleration in less than 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 144 mph. The A3 E-tron also has a range of up to 34 miles on battery power alone.

The A3 E-tron's suspension calibrations are derived from the RS3 Sportback, and the car rides on 245/30ZR20 tires. To help keep weight down, Audi has employed carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer in such areas as the grille, diffusers and outside mirrors. The car's doors, hood and deck lid are aluminum.

The cockpit gets a flat-bottomed, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, as well as a multimedia/infotainment system, with an 8-inch driver-information display, a WLAN hotspot for Internet access and iPad holders on the front seatbacks. says: Shouldn't they call it H-tron for hybrid? — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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