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Trevor Collett | Jun, 05 2013 | 1 Comment

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid is set to go on sale in European markets midway through 2014.

Despite the car first appearing at the Geneva Motor Show in March as a concept, the carmaker seemed almost certain to put it into production.

And now the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid is confirmed, with European pricing starting from around the AU$51,000 mark.

The plug-in hybrid features a 110kW 1.4 litre TFSI petrol engine developing and an electric motor, combining to offer 150kW and 350Nm of torque.

A six-speed dual-clutch e-S tronic transmission is fitted, sending power to the front wheels. Audi says the system can deliver fuel consumption figures of 1.5 l/100km, and a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds.

The A3 e-tron can be charged from a conventional power outlet in around four hours. However, Audi will sell you a fast-charger in Europe for less than AU$1600 that can provide a full charge in two hours.

Using electric power alone, the A3 can travel up to 50km but combined with the petrol engine, the range increases to around 885km.

The e-tron system even includes a “hold” function, where the driver can tell the system to save the battery power for later use (handy if you know you will be stuck in traffic later in your journey).

No word from Audi yet on whether we will see the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid in Australia.

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