Audi recently provided a bit of an update, and history lesson, on the vehicles in its tron family of cars. Not associated with the Disney movie of the same name, these tron offerings focus around sustainability beneath the hood in the form of alternative fuel cars and plug-in style drivetrains. From this announcement comes word of plans by the German auto brand, owned by Vokswagen, to bring green cars using this line up to consumers.
The first of the two new planned vehicles is the A3 Sportback e-tron, which saw its official debut earlier this year with the Geneva Motor Show. Slated to go on sale by the end with this year, the plug-in hybrid offers up a parallel driveline which has a 1.4 TFSI doing work in tandem with the electric motor. The e-tron transmits power from this system, as outlined by Audi, for the front wheels via a newly developed e-S tronic.
An 8.8 kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery located ahead of the front axle powers the electrical area of the vehicle, enabling an EV only driving range of 50 kilometers (31.07 miles). The 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm of system torque (258.15 lb-ft) generated by the gas/electric combination offer for some impressive performance numbers, including accelerating from to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds and reaching a high speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph).