Audi always gets to the pole position when it comes to building expectations. As with the case of this year, it’s the much awaited A3 Sportback e-tron that will be making news, for it is the first mass plug-in hybrid variant being rolled out by the German manufacturer.
The expected launch is to take place during some point at the second half of this year. But way ahead of the launch, Audi has got the limelight focused on its hybrid model, all thanks to the demo-spin carried out by them.
The A3 Sportback e-tron was recently taken out on a test-spin at Jeju Island. And we find no reason to suppress the hype hovering around the upcoming one. Expectations are that Audi will bring out the most versatile variant among the A3 segment, which is exactly what the test run points to.
The test begun with the initial run of the vehicle on EV mode – skipping even the minimal use of gasoline! That’s a mode which could fetch you up to 50kms without even pulling a single drop of gasoline into its engine. Bring in the hybrid factor and the Sportback e-tron offers three additional driving modes; namely Hybrid Auto, Hybrid Hold and Hybrid Charge mode.
The various modes are intended to yield the hybrid functioning to the desired use. Say, you want to have the maximum range on the automobile, then just switch to the Hybrid Auto mode that will let the model to carry out the switching process by itself. Switching to Hybrid Hold mode will have your current battery capacity maintained for later use.
All these haven’t been injected on the cost of any power degradation. Audi always make sure not to compromise with the drive performance with its model, and so is the case with Sportback e-tron.
The combined action of the 1.4-liter turbo fuel stratified injection engine and electric motor yields a power of 204 bhp. All it takes to clock to a speed of 100kmph is around 7.6 seconds, which is the best you could spot among the A3 segment.
The feather in the crown is its stupendous noise suppression, which even seems feeble when working on the gasoline engine.
Being the prime effort of Audi to get involved with hybrid technology, the company has indeed managed to channel the area of interest upon the right segment.
Initial move for an eco-friendly choice will be turning the normal heads to EVs, which is not the case when it comes to drive enthusiast, be it even the least enthusiast among them.
Factors like charging duration, relative scarcity for recharge stations and reduced performance force the segment to switch to the hybrid mode, the one in which Audi may pull the strings if things go as expected.