It’s official. The Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid will be coming to America. And thanks to the clever folks at AutoSpies, we now know it will arrive in port in the US in October as a 2016 model.
AutoSpies has obtained (it says) the official Audi notice to dealers telling them when what models are due in port and/or placed on transporters when. Look at the list and you will see that most A3 models are in port now and should be on dealer lots in a matter of days.
That means that Audi dealers will be hot as a jalapeno to clear out any remaining 2015 A3’s they have in inventory. If you are looking to buy an A3 and want to get the best deal on one, now might be an excellent time to pop on down to your local dealer for a great entry-level luxury vehicle. Just remember to bring lots of cash and the title to your old car, as in Europe the A3 e-tron starts north of $50,000.
Or maybe you’d rather wait, and get the A3 e-tron instead? With that you get a 1.4 liter turbocharged gas engine mated to an electric motor and 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. Electric driving range is rated at about 20 miles per charge, with a healthy combined output of 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque wrapped, with the drivetrain surrounded by a well-appointed interior that the Germans are so well known for.