Audi's premium compact plug-in hybrid (PHEV) gets an array of upgrades for 2017 after the Ingolstadt-based automaker unveiled the refreshed A3 Sportback e-tron. According to Audi, the update introduces new standard and optional equipment, along with a redesigned exterior based off the recently facelifted A3.

Beginning with the exterior, the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron gets a slightly revised front fascia which consist of the tweaked headlights and new LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The rear section also gets minor revisions which include the rear bumper and taillights.

For those that opt to kit out the A3 e-tron, a Sport Package will also be available for the plug-in hybrid. The package will add a 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, paddle shifters, 18-inch five-spoke Turbine wheels, sporty front seats and an S-Line spoiler.

Side profile of the 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

As previously mentioned, Audi installed new standard features in the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron. These include: a panoramic sunroof, reverse camera and driver assist systems like Audi's pre-sense basic and pre-sense front. Smartphone integration can now be specified in the updated A3 Sportback e-tron as Audi also made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto extra options. Other extras available are the MMI Navigation and MMI Touch.

Propelling the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron is still the 1.4-liter TFSI inline-four that is coupled to a magnet-driven electric motor. It has a combined power output of 207 PS along with 350 Nm of torque. The engine is then mated to an S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. 0 – 97 km/h comes in at 7.6 seconds while top speed is rated at 222 km/h. It also an all-electric range of 50km.