Audi unveils a hybrid Q3, ships in spring
The new Audi Q3 45 TFSI e is the first plug-in hybrid Q3 on the market. It utilizes the same tech as other MQB-based EVs, and customers can choose between standard and Fastback body.
The powertrain includes a 1.4-liter gasoline turbo four-pot rated at 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 250 Nm (183 lb-ft). The electric motor built into a six-speed S-tronic box adds 116 PS (114 hp / 85 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of its own. The net result is 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 7.3 seconds, and the top speed amounts to 209 km/h (130 mph) in hybrid mode and 140 km/h (87 mph) in all-electric mode.
The drivetrain supports regenerative braking and power saving modes, and one important thing to keep in mind is that the car only comes with a front-wheel drive.
The traction battery measures 13 kWh large, lies under the rear seats and uses a liquid cooling system for efficiency. Trunk volume goes down from 530 to 380 liters because of all the bottom-mounted electric equipment. All-electric range is WLTP-rated at 50 kilometers (31 miles).
Other than that, you can tell the Audi Q3 45 TFSI from its ICE-only counterpart by its charging port on the front fender and power exchange gauge instead of the tachometer on the dash cluster.
Sales start in the spring of 2021, and prices are pending.
Editor Andrew Raspopov