188mpg Audi A3 e-tron breaks cover

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188mpg Audi A3 e-tron breaks cover

The German firm will show off its hybrid future at this year's Geneva motor show with the conceptual Audi A3 e-tron.

The plug-in hybrid will be powered by a combination of a standard 1.4 litre TFSI engine and an electric motor. A clutch links the petrol engine to a 75kw electric motor, which is integrated into a newly designed six-speed 'e-S tronic' transmission sending power to the front wheels.

When the two work in harmony the result is 201bhp and 350nm torque, making it the most powerful A3 in the current line-up.

All that shove equates to rather exciting performance figures too, with the 0-62mph dash dispatched in just 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 138mph.

The extra weight added to the car by the heavy battery packs stops this model being the quickest car in the line-up but it does mean the e-tron can return a wallet-pleasing 188.3mpg while only emitting 35g/km of CO2.

On top of this, drivers can select which power source the drivetrain uses, meaning the A3 e-tron can run on electricity alone for up to 31 miles and at speeds of up to 80mph, making short trips super-efficient yet surprisingly hasty.

There is no word on pricing but the car will take pride of place on Audi's stand at next month's Geneva motor show, with the German firm saying "it provides a realistic glimpse into the future of Audi."

Expect a production model to arrive in showrooms late 2014.

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron