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 |  Feb 21 2013, 7:03 AM

The latest addition to the Audi lineup is based on the brand’s new A3 hatchback and delivers solid performance as well as exceptional fuel economy thanks to a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Under the hood is the brand’s 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 150 hp, while a 75 kW electric motor assists for a total system output of 204 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to a new e-S tronic 6-speed transmission, power makes it to the front wheels to deliver a 7.6 second 0-62 mph time.

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Able to be operated on pure gas, pure electricity, or in a dual hybrid mode, it can drive distances of up to 31 miles just on electric power and at speeds of up to 81 mph – with an overall top speed of 138 mph.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks time, Audi says the car hints at the brand’s plans for the future of mobility saying that, “plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand.”

GALLERY: Audi A3 e-tron