Audi A3 launched at 2014 Beijing Motor Show ahead of India launch in August

Tuesday 22 April 2014, 12:47 PM by

Audi’s much awaited entry level A3 sedan in India has been launched in China at the on-going 2014 Beijing International Motor Show. Launched as Audi A3 Limousine, the vehicle is being offered in two variants 35TFSIand the 40TSFIin China. The 35TFSIis the 1.4 litre variant and the 40TFSIis the 1.8 litre variant. The basic variant is priced at 279,800 yuan equivalent to Rs 27.08lakhand the other variant is tagged at 334,300 yuan equal to Rs 32.36lakh.

Rendering a larger stance, Audi A3 has following dimensions- 4,310 mm long, 1,966 wide, 1,425 tall and 2,626 mm of wheelbase. It is being believed that Audi will not offer A3 sedan in long wheelbase variant as its rivals are not offered inLWBversions. The China bound A3 sedan will be launched in the second half of 2014 and will be manufactured by theFAW-Volkswagen joint venture that also manufactures A3Sportback.

Audi A3 launched at 2014 Beijing Motor Show ahead of India launch in August |
Audi A3 launched at 2014 Beijing Motor Show ahead of India launch in August

China bound A3 is powered by a EA888 1.8 litreTFSIengine that pumps out a maximum power output of 180 Hp and a top torque of 250Nm. However, the India-spec model will offer varied power and torque output. Under the hood, Audi India will offer a 1.8 litreTFSIengine that engenders pinnacle power and torque output of 168Bhpand 320Nmrespectively. Audi could offer a seven-speedDSGtransmission on the diesel variant only.

India bound A3 will be the Stripped down version of the sedan, this will be done in order to price the sedan competitively. To further curb the price, Audi will assemble A3 sedan in India at its manufacturing unit located inAurangabad. The company is expected to cut down on various features on the basic version of A3 like the Audi’s signature LED head lamps and inside the cabin the company might offer fabric upholstery.

In India, the vehicle will face off with BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Audi had displayed the vehicle at the 2014 Auto Expo held in GreaterNoidain the month of February. A3 has been spotted various times across the country being tested, the sedan is expected to be launched in India by August 2014. The company has not revealed the date of launch yet, other details including price will be revealed after the launch.

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