Audi to Bring Electric Hybrid to US in October | Rochester Audi in Rochester, MN

The Audi Auto Group announced last week that the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron will arrive in US dealerships this October. The plug-in hybrid will be the first of the German automaker’s electrified cars sold in America. The model will join Audi’s A3 lineup, which already consists of the A3 sedan, A3 Cabriolet and S3 sport sedan.

The five-door compact car incorporates the Volkswagen Group’s 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which brings the vehicle to 204 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. On this model, Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive will not be available.

Charging the 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery (which is located under the rear seat) will take about eight hours with a conventional household outlet (120-volt). However, the optional Bosch 240-volt home charger will bring that charging time down to about 2.25 hours, which is about 45 minutes faster than charging a laptop and over three hours faster than charging a tablet.

The EPA fuel economy estimates have not been released yet, but the car is expected to deliver an expected electric range of 16 to 19 miles with a fully charged battery.

On the inside, the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron has the luxurious feeling you expect from an Audi. Leather seating surfaces, ample cargo space, push-button start and the available Audi connect system go above and beyond to deliver a hybrid experience unlike any other.

With the Audi connect system, you can connect to the things that will make your drive better, such as Google Earth with 3D satellite imagery, Twitter integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G LTE connectivity for up to eight passenger devices, local traffic, news and more.

Three trims will be available on the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron:

  • Premium (starting at $37,900)

  • Premium Plus (starting at $42,000)

  • Prestige (starting at $46,800)

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