Audi has been talking about a plug-in hybrid since at least 2011. In March 2012, CEO Rupert Stadler announced that the A3 Sportback e-tron PHEV was being tested, and would come to market in 2014.
In March 2013, we got a look at the new PHEV in Geneva. She’s a front-wheel drive parallel hybrid with a 1.4 liter modified TFSI engine, a 75 kW electric motor, an 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled battery and an electric range of about 31 miles.
This week, Audi announced pricing for the 2015 A3 sedan, which is an “entry level to the Audi brand of luxury vehicles,” but nonetheless offers some spiffy standard features such as a glass sunroof, leather seats, Bluetooth and LED running lights. MSRP starts at $29,900.
Powertrain options include several gas engines and a diesel. Audi now says the PHEV version will go on sale in early 2015.