Friday, May 8, 2009

Audi A3 Hybrid Coming?

We all know that the German car maker is apparently busy in making Audi R8 Spyder that would debut in 2011. But what about hybrid vehicles? Most auto companies are aggressively working on hybrids. We had Lexus who just debuted the 450h a few months back.

Now auto news website, Auto Car, is reporting that Audi has confirmed that A3 hybrid is on its way. It is, apparently, being developed as a part of the VW TwinDrive programme. For the uninitiated, it is a programme that will also make a hybrid VW Golf. Coming back to the Audi, the small car is expected to feature a 105bhp 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that has a 30kW electric motor. It will drive the front wheels while the rear wheels will be powered by two 30kW in-wheel motors.

Though the German carmaker has confirmed that the Audi A3 Hybrid is on its way, there was no word on the release dates. However, insiders have tipped off that the car could offer fleet trials from 2012. If you are wondering about the battery pack in the motors, well, it will be a 12kWh lithium ion unit that would have the capability of being charged through the mains. Expect the top speed to be up to 106 mph.

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