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It seems Audi are giving us a glimpse in what to expect from the A3 in the coming years. First they launched the saloon concept a few weeks ago, and this morning they launched the new Audi A3 E-tron concept at the 2011 Shanghai motor show.

Audi A3 E-tron

It seems Audi are giving us a glimpse in what to expect from the A3 in the coming years. First they launched the saloon concept a few weeks ago, and this morning they launched the new Audi A3 E-tron concept at the 2011 Shanghai motor show.

BMW were the first to give their ‘hatch the boot’ with the 1 series and it now seems that Audi are following suit. A smaller, more compact version than the A4 but still with large similarities the new A3 E-tron will run a plug-in hybrid powertrain, turbocharged 1.4 engine which will apparently produce 208bhp, and an 20kW electric motor adds an additional 26 bhp to the 234 total. If you want to believe Audi stats this will push the A3 E-tron to 62mph in 6.8 seconds and up to a 143mph top speed.

The lithium-ion batteries give an Electric only range of 34 miles but they can be charged by point, or while the car is in motion using the petrol engine. No word on economy or CO2 emissions as of yet.

In terms of the design, yes it’s striking, the large front grill make it look mean, even for a small car, in fact we love the whole of the front end, it works really well. But although we find the car visually pleasing, we are a bit disappointed to see that every car in the Audi range will now look similar? The same could be said for BMW. It seems the manufactures are playing it safe with proven designs and just shrinking them a little…

The inside we like, very classic and contemporary but with the futuristic twist but we all know the interior of the actual new A3 will resemble nothing close to this and it’s a mere pipedream.

So there we have it, a new motoring masterpiece? We think not, but do let us know what you think.

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