The affordable Audi Q3 enters India at Rs. 26.21 lacs

Thursday 07 June 2012, 11:43 AM by

Audi Q3 has been launched by the German automotive giant in India with a price tag of just Rs. 26.21 for the base variant and Rs. 31.39 lacs for the higher variant. At these price points, the vehicle has gained the distinction of being the lowest price Audi in the country. Initially, only 500 units of the car will be available for booking, without any petrol options. The all new Audi Q3 will give stiff competition to the BMW X1, the highest selling premium car in India that is available at Rs. 24 lacs. The all new Audi Q3 comes just two days after the company presented its S4 sports sedan in the domestic market.

The affordable Audi Q3 enters India at Rs. 26.21 lacs |
The affordable Audi Q3 enters India at Rs. 26.21 lacs

The latest entrant in the company's domestic portfolio, Audi Q3 is a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that features the Quattro All Wheel Drive (AWD) mechanism, which improves its handling manifolds. As a premium SUV, it will give the passengers the chance to tackle rugged terrains in utmost comfort. A feature that gives it an edge over the BMW X1 is spaciousness, as it has more leg room and storage space. Audi's latest car is said to be crucial towards its sales prospects in India as the company has set a target of 8000 units for 2012 against 5000 in the previous year.

Q3 is powered by a 2.0 L TDI Quattro engine that can deliver power output of 177 bhp at 4200 rpm and maximum torque of 380 Nm at 1750-2500 rpm. This motor is supplemented with a 7 speed S Tronic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) that ensures smooth gear shifts. The top speed of the car has been measured as 211 kmph and the vehicle can move from 0 to 100 kmph in just 8.7 seconds.

Both variants of the new Audi Q3 share exterior features like roof rails, heat-insulating glass, black trim strips, and electrically adjustable, heated and electrically folding exterior mirrors. Along with these, the car has Halogen headlights with separate daytime running lights, headlight range adjustment and 16” forged aluminium alloy wheels, 7-arm design, size 6.5J x 16.

The standard interior features of the all new Audi Q3 include interior lighting package, front and rear floor mats, leather-covered multifunction steering wheel in 4-spoke design and luggage compartment mat. On the other hand, both the variants of the car have safety features like Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), space-saving spare wheel and first aid kit and warning triangle. The safety package also includes car jack, full size airbag, side airbags at front and rear (with head airbag), electronic vehicle immobilisation device and ISOFIX child seat mounting.

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