The Audi Q3 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid delivers up to 31 of miles electric range as well as 245PS system output – and a Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e model is available.
A 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine and an 85 kW electric motor generate a system output of 245PS to enable travel without tailpipe emisions for up to 31 miles between charges.
The eighth member of Audi’s electrified TFSI e family will be available to order in the UK next spring in Q3 and Q3 Sportback forms, the former featuring Technik, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung specification options, and the latter starting at S line level.
The four-cylinder 150PS 1.4 TFSI petrol engine is supplemented by the 85 kW of power delivered by the electric motor. Together, they generate 180 kW of system power (245 PS) and system torque of 400 Nm. Both variants can reach 62mph from a standing start in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 130mph.
The electric motor is integrated into the housing of the six-speed S tronic transmission together with the separating clutch. This dual-clutch transmission transfers the power to the front wheels. The high-voltage battery is located under the vehicle floor in front of the rear axle.
Both new SUVs are always started in electric mode, except in extremely cold conditions. Both versions can cover up to 31 miles at speeds of up to 87mph in electric-only mode with zero local emissions according to the WLTP test.
“Auto-Hybrid” mode is the main operating mode, the drive management system uses the 1.4 TFSI engine, the electric motor, or a combination of the two.
Drivers can prioritise electric drive at a touch of the EV button, and there are also “Battery Hold” and “Battery Charge” options.
The Audi drive select system offers Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual profiles. Dynamic setting can make the full 330Nm torque reserve of the electric motor available to the driver for up to 10 seconds if the S tronic is set to “S” mode.
The Audi Q3 45 TFSI e and the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e can be charged via a domestic AC wallbox using the Type 2 cable supplied. The process can be completed in 3 hours 45 minutes. A mode 3 cable is also supplied for charging at public AC charging terminals.
The e-tron Charging Service gives TFSI e drivers the opportunity to recharge at more than 155,000 charging points across Europe with just a tap of a single RFID card that generates one convenient monthly invoice.