New Audi Q3 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid revealed

Audi has launched a new PHEV version of the Q3 SUV, sporting the same hybrid as the Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Audi has pulled the wraps off a new plug-in hybrid Q3. Badged the 45 TFSI e, it acts as a direct competitor for the Range Rover Evoque PHEV and Volvo XC40 Recharge T5.

Powered by the Volkswagen Group’s tried-and-testing plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Q3 has a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 85kW electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Together, they deliver a total output of 180kW with a maximum of 400Nm of torque.

The powertrain gives the Q3 a claimed 0–100km/h time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h. Audi also says that the plug-in model can cover 50km on electric power alone, at a maximum speed of 140km/h. Official fuel economy and emissions figures are yet to be confirmed.

It includes a Type 2 charging interface and, when it’s connected to a domestic AC wallbox charger, the Q3 45 TFSI e will recover a full charge in three hours and 45 minutes.

Buyers can have the powertrain on either the standard Q3 or the Q3 Sportback coupe-SUV. Standard inclusions for the debut European model are 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.1-inch touchscreen – both featuring unique graphics to reference the new powertrain.

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Audi’s S line model features 19-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and piano black trim inlays for the dashboard. Buyers will also get a more aggressive styling package that features a new front bumper, deeper side skirts and a fresh rear diffuser.

Rather unsurprisingly, a Black Edition model features black replacements for the Q3’s radiator grille, roof rails, window brightwork and door mirror caps. Inside, buyers get a unique flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The range-topping variant builds on this specification with 20-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, a panoramic glass sunroof and adaptive dampers. There are a few more upgrades inside, such as a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, electric seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad and a larger 12.3-inch display mounted ahead of the driver.

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