One of Europe’s favourite hatchbacks has completely evolved in recent months, with the Audi A3 becoming an A3 sedan concept and now joining the Audi e-Tron family with a hybrid powertrain concept. The A3 e-Tron Concept fits out the new sedan and not the hatchback with a 1.4 TFSI engine with 211 hp and an electric motor which provides another 27 hp.
The eletric motor on the A3 is powered by 12 kW lithium ion batteries placed behind the rear seats. Electric range is 54 km and the A3 e-Tron comes with a seven-speed, dual clutch gearbox and launch control. The sprint to 100 km/hr takes 6.8 seconds and top speed is 231 km/hr.
The chassis is based on the RS3 Sportback and includes MacPherson suspension and 20-inch wheels. Made from plenty of CFRP, including the single frame, front splitter and rear extractor, the Audi A3 e-Tron concept still weighs in at 1,720 kg due to the battery pack. There are no details available as to whether this is an all-wheel drive model or not, and Audi hasn’t released any production plans yet but it could appear sometime in 2013 after a 2012 A3 sedan debut.