Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: Electric vehicles can be quite awesome

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Urbanization, digitization and consumption-efficient mobility: Audi’s answer to these challenges is Audi A3 Sportback e-tron without renunciation; because on sporty driving and premium comfort no one needs to dispense with this 204 hp and 222 km / h plug-in hybrids. The result: the average fuel consumption is so Audi, only 1.5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers. Prices start at 37,900 euros back in 2014.

Unmistakable Audi A3 yet own design language

The body of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is sporty-stretched; the front of the car low, while a spoiler crowns the dome of the roof span. The lines with the three side windows become firm, every detail precise and expressive. The large wheel arches also underscore the sporty character.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Subtle details document the special status of the plug-in hybrid model. The single-frame grille, the makers held in matt black, the 14 fine pursuits shine meanwhile, in chrome. Forked chrome struts fill beyond the air intakes. The bumper and the side skirt wear a sporty look.

At the rear shows the A3 Sportback e-tron that it defines a unique form of mobility. There, the newly designed apron includes a platinum gray diffuser with two chromed horizontal fins. The tailpipe of the exhaust system runs invisibly. “E-tron” badges also adorn the single-frame grille, the rear deck lid and fenders.

Propulsion: Three aggregates for driving without restrictions

150 kW/204 hp and 350 Nm system performance system torque – this dynamic shows the Audi genes of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The sprint from 0 to 100 km / h takes just 7.6 seconds. The drive ends at 222 km/h. According to the ECE-R 101 standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles in the five-door emits per kilometer on average only 35 grams of CO2, which is equivalent to a consumption of 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers. In electric mode, the value is 0 grams, and this. At a range of up to 50 kilometers The TFSI gasoline engine to extend the range by up to a further 890 kilometers.

Three units make up the drive train of the A3 Sportback e-tron: a 1.4 TFSI turbocharged; an electric motor and a newly developed six-speed dual clutch transmission (S tronic). The 1.4 TFSI produces 110 kW/150 hp and keeps its maximum torque of 250 Nm 1600-3500 U / min provides constant. The electric motor provides 75 kW/102 hp and 330 Nm maximum mobilized it’s virtually from the start to about 2,200 trips constant. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can drive usually in mid-summer in the heat and also in winter in freezing temperatures purely electrically.

The hybrid concept of the A3 Sportback e-tron activates the combustion engine often only during kickdown even in the cold state. The TFSI petrol engine works via a coupling to the disk-shaped electric motor, which the maker integrated into a newly designed six-speed S-Tronic. The power is transmitted to the front wheels. The gear change takes only a few hundredths of a second and is completed without any perceptible interruption of traction.

An electrically operated brake booster supports braking in the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. The recovery of the braking energy is in all situations on the generator. For this, the hydraulic brake management and electric brakes agrees precisely from one another. The driver should always have a sporty and precise brake feel.

Everything remotely: The Audi e-tron connects services

Under the label “Audi Connect” are new to online services for the A3 Sportback e-tron willing to work with those able to control many functions and to control the driver. Audi also developed a special app with informative graphics that runs on modern iOS and Android smartphones. The “Audi e-tron concept services connect” allow the driver to remotely the status of the car down to protrude like for example the charge state of the battery, the electric range, various service information or the site. In addition, it is possible to remotely control the load planning.

In designing air-conditioning can be ad hoc or on a timer schedule turned on the air conditioning or the optional heater. In the latter case, the so-called preconditioning, the car gets the necessary energy from the wall socket, so that the electric range does not suffer. In a special web portal owners may also view the data of his journeys, such as the average power consumption or average speed.

Interior: This is what makes the difference

The clearly designed interior of the A3 Sportback e-tron continues the sporty lines of the exterior. About the ads the driver receives accurate information about the drive. The power meter that takes the place of the tachometer in the instrument cluster, in addition to the overall performance of the system shows the drive status and the state of charge of the battery. The tachometer can be controlled during its show on the display between the speedometer and the power meter. The monitor of the optional “MMI navigation plus” further shows the power flows in the hybrid system. The entire display and operating concept is intuitive.

The large, round air vents in jet design, the elegant front panel of the air conditioner and the sculpted decor strips bring a sophisticated look to the interior. The covers and inlays vary depending on the equipment line. For all three equipment lines are also leather covers in various colors and decorative trims in different aluminum options to choose from.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

In the line “Ambition” sport seats provide the highlight. Audi mounted upon request, the “S line” sports package that bathes the interior in all black. The sports seats wear covers in a fabric / leather combination, the inlays are in matt brushed aluminum and the steering wheel has a flattened wreath. 18-inch wheels make the handling even more sporty. Audi offers the “S line” sports package also the S sports seats with integrated armrests and upholstery in leather / Alcantara or Nappa leather, the inlays in black 3D appearance and the special color “Daytona Grey, pearl effect”.

These amenities arouses genuine desire

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron comes with generous standard equipment at the start. The extent of other A3 Sportback models, the A3 e-tron includes, among other things, a deluxe automatic air conditioning, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, the MMI radio, the system “Audi Drive Select”, the driver information system with color display, a selector lever knob in leather, the e-tron charging system and LED headlights. On the options list are electrically adjustable and heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, dark privacy glass, a heater and a charging cable for public charging stations.

For Infotainment is an entire modular components to choose from, at the top of a sound system of “Bang & Olufsen” and “MMI navigation plus”, whose flat, 7-inch monitor extends electrically from the instrument panel. The operator terminal on the center tunnel console and rotary pushbutton “MMI touch” merge to touch wheel – the field for entering characters forms the top of the control wheel. A Wi-Fi hotspot, it also allows the passengers, with up to 8 mobile devices to surf and email. In addition to loading and climate planning many other online services come into the car, which provide the driver with customized information.

The list of assistance systems enrich addition to the automatic distance control “Adaptive Cruise Control” of Side Assist, which hedges the lane change, and the “Active Lane Assist” helps the driver to stay in lane, and the safety systems “Audi Pre Sense Basic” and “Audi pre sense front” which take preventive occupant protection measures in certain situations. The Parking Assistant with selective display controls the A3 Sportback e-tron finally automatically into suitable gaps.

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