Audi A3 e-tron Sportback might be Coming to America in 2021

By now, we’ve already seen the Audi A3 Sportback, a bit of forbidden fruit for us American enthusiasts. While we’ll get the A3 here in America, it will only come as a four-door sedan, rather than a five-door hatchback. Or so we thought. As it turns out, the US market could be getting a hatchback version after all, in the form of an Audi A3 e-tron Sportback.


According to this report from Car and Driver, the A3 e-tron will make its way to the ‘States and will come as a Sportback model only. That would mean that we’ll get both body styles of the A3, even if the hatchback only comes as a hybrid.

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The A3 e-tron will be a plug-in hybrid, powered by a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor. No word on whether or not it will get Quattro all-wheel drive or if it will remain purely front-wheel drive, as the last-generation model did. However, it’s said to make a total of about 240 hp.


The previous-gen Audi A3 e-tron Sportback was an ambitious car but its execution was pretty terrible, if we’re being honest. However, Audi has come such a long way, in terms of electrification, since then and we fully expect this new generation to be a massive improvement.


As of now, there’s no word on battery size, all-electric range or charge time for the Audi A3 e-tron. So far, we only know that it’s currently in the works, will be offered as a Sportback only and will be coming to America. That last bit is the most exciting bit, as it means Americans will actually be able to get an A3 Sportback.


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If the new A3 e-tron Sportback offers enough all-electric range and is as good as we hope it will be, Audi will gain a lot of customers in the US. Potentially yours truly included.


[Source: Car and Driver]
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.