Pricing kicks off at $38,900 for Premium trim.

Audi of America introduced the facelifted A3 and S3 about three weeks ago and now the conventionally-powered models are welcoming the frugal A3 Sportback e-tron which has basically the same updates. It gets the already familiar A4-like front fascia and several subtle styling tweaks as you would expect from a mid-cycle refresh of a VAG product.

If you’re a big fan of technology, you’ll be happy to hear the plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback will be available from the 2017 model year onwards with the super nice Audi Virtual Cockpit. The 12.3-inch entirely digital instrument cluster is a tad different on the e-tron model because it also displays hybrid-related information such as the consumption figures for gasoline and electricity, as well as the remaining range for both.

Audi is being more generous by offering more standard equipment than before, including a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, along with LED daytime running lights, and the e-tron-specific LED headlights if you opt for the Premium Plus or Prestige. On the safety front, all A3 e-tron models are going to come as standard with driver assistance systems like Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front.

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

There’s even more tech on board, with goodies such as the Audi smartphone interface providing support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration to fulfill all of your connectivity needs. On top of that, Audi connect PRIME and PLUS services are also part of the package and come with a six-month trial subscription, while the MMI Navigation with MMI touch infotainment system has been updated to the latest version.

The mild facelift also brings an optional Sport Package which adds an S line roof-mounted spoiler, 18-inch Turbine-styled alloy wheels with a 15-spoke design and paired with all-season tires. On the inside, the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron with the newly added pack receives front sport seats and a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles.

There are not any changes hardware-wise, so the plug-in hybrid five-door hatch soldiers on with a turbocharged 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline engine teamed up with an electric motor for a combined 204 horsepower (152 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s enough hybrid punch to grant the premium compact model with a sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in a decent 7.6 seconds.

The most affordable version money can buy would have to be the entry-level Premium trim which begins at $38,900, followed by the mid-range Premium Plus at $42,000, and the range-topping Prestige that will set you back $47,550. All prices exclude the $950 destination fees and do not take into account any available incentives and tax credits.

Be sure to check out our review of the 2016MY in U.S. specification here.

Source: Audi of America

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