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Audi electrifies the A3 wagon (pictures)

In an unexpected marketing move, Audi changed its base A3 model to a sedan in the US, and will sell the A3 five-door hatch as the A3 e-tron, with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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Audi will reintroduce the A3 five-door hatchback to the US in 2015, as a plug-in hybrid model.
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The A3 e-tron stores an 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seat, giving it 31 miles of pure electric range.
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The engine is a 1.4-liter four cylinder, coupled to a 75 kilowatt electric motor.
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Power control electronic in the engine bay help control output from the battery pack.
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Audi hides the cars recharging port under the four rings up front.
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The battery pack does not intrude into the cabin, preserving the car's cargo space.
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The instrument cluster has a power gauge instead of a tachometer, and a center display with more detailed power information.
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The center LCD shows a power flow animation, informing the driver when the car is using electricity or gasoline.
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This screen shows different modes from Audi's Drive Select system.

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