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Audi to Launch 2016 A3 Sportback Plug-in Hybrid in U.S. this Fall

Audi to Launch 2016 A3 Sportback Plug-in Hybrid in U.S. this Fall

By Philly Murtha, August 06, 2015

This week, Audi announced that it will introduce the 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid (PHEV) to the U.S. market in October with a starting suggested retail price of $37,900 for the base model.

Previewed at last year's New York Auto Show, the A3 Sportback e-tron is powered by a 1.4-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine partnered with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Combined with an electric motor and 8.8-kilowatt Lithium-ion battery, the powertrain produces the equivalent of 204 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque. The new A3 Sportback e-tron will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds, the automaker says.

Audi's new A3 Sportback PHEV offers a choice of four driving modes that allow the driver to select whether to engage pure electric, hybrid, gasoline power only, or charging battery modes. EPA mileage estimates for the new plug-in electric model will be released as soon as available, according to Audi officials.

Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron model can be charged with a standard 240-volt mobile electric vehicle charging system in about 2 hours and 15 minutes, or with a regular 120-volt outlet in about 8 hours, according to the automaker. A 240-volt outlet and home charging station are optional.

The car's sporty e-tron design features include a special grille, fascia, and rear bumper with hidden exhaust. A panoramic sunroof and 16-in. wheels are standard. An ultra-thin MMI 7-in. display screen is standard along with an e-tron special shift knob and badging on the dash, instrument cluster, and door sills.

Other standard equipment includes special exterior and interior lighting systems, multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless start/stop; and a standard rearview camera with front and rear park-assist sensors. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, navigation and infotainment system and connectivity technology, and a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Pricing for the A3 Sportback Premium Plus is $42,000, while the high-end Prestige version retails for $46,800. All prices are without federal or state tax credits, which are estimated to be at least $4,000 at the federal level, according to Audi.

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