Audi launches first plug-in hybrid compact SUVs

Audi is to offer the Q3 and Q3 Sportback as plug-in hybrid versions when they arrive in Irish dealers from Spring 2021. The drivetrain in the 45 TFSI e-models has an output of 245 hp and covers 61 km purely electrically, Audi says.

The Q3 45 TFSI e and the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e are the first plug-in hybrid compact SUVs from the German brand.

The two Q3 models both include a 1.4 TFSI as the combustion engine. This four-cylinder engine delivers 110 kW (150 HP ). The drive is completed by a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM ), which provides 85 KW of power.

The PSM is integrated in the housing of the six-speed S tronic together with the separating clutch. This dual-clutch transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels, integrates an electric oil pump. This ensures the supply and thus the function of the clutches and with that the gear selection even when the TFSI engine is switched off.

Zero to 100 km/h is 7.3 seconds for both the Q3 45 TFSI e and Sportback. Top speed for both models is 210 km/h. The NEDC consumption of both models is between 1.4 and 1.7 litres, while CO2 emissions are between 32 and 39 g/km.


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