They’ve given us a big eTron coupe, a little eTron coupe and a spyder, but now with their fourth version, the folks at Ingolstadt have decided to take a more conventional route.
This fourth eTron concept by Audi, is based on the A3 Sedan concept and sports a gasoline/electric hybrid drivetrain. If you perhaps recognize it, that’s because it’s a development of the concept sedan shown in Geneva back in March and debuted this week in Shanghai.
Under the hood is a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct injected gasoline four-cylinder engine, along with a 20 kW electric motor. Together the motor and gas engine generate 238 horsepower, while transmitting power to the wheels is a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transaxle.
Of course to generate power, the electric motor requires stored energy, thus under the back seat of this new eTron you’ll find a series of lithium-ion batteries. According to Audi, these batteries are charged by the car’s standard energy recovery system and on electric power alone, maximum range is said to be 34 miles (54 km). Add assistance from the gas engine and this latest eTron is apparently capable of sprinting to 62 mph (100 km/h) from rest in just 6.8 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 144 mph (237 km/h for you metric people).
Out of all the eTron concepts we’ve been teased with over the last few years, this one is by far the most likely to make it into production, at least in the short term. Question is, will it?