The petrol version of the smallest SUV by Audi, Q3, has been launched in India today at an ex-showroom, Delhi, price of Rs. 32.2 Lakh. With this, the Q3 becomes the first Q model of Audi to receive a petrol sibling for the Indian portfolio. With Q3, the Ingolstadt based carmaker has till yet introduced 4 of its models this year, which include A4 Diesel, A3 Cabriolet facelift and Q3 SUV (2.0 TDI FWD and 2.0 TDI Quattro, both diesel). The bookings for the much awaited petrol variant are now open.
Expressing his happiness on the launch, Rahil Ansari, Head of Audi India, said, "Luxury is about choice, and our discerning Audi customers were the driving force behind offering various configurations from which they can choose the best fit. The Audi Q3 model lineup gets strengthened with the introduction of the new Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI FWD. With this addition, we have three new engine options available for our most successful model. The Audi Q3 has been a segment leader ever since its introduction and our best-selling model is therefore even more appealing and bound to attract customers who believe in the 'Stay Young, Live Big' philosophy of the Audi Q3."
Loaded with expressive features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, Deluxe 2-zone Automatic AC, LED front lights with signature LED-powered DRLs and panoramic sunroof, the luxury SUV from the stable of Audi provides utmost comfort to its riders.
From the inside, the company has provided its baby with some of the finest features, which include leather-covered 4-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, Leatherette seat upholstery, 6 airbags, Hill Start/Hill Descent Assist, cruise control, voice recognition, Electromechanical parking brake, Electronic Stabilization Program, colored infotainment system, MMI radio, dual-zone automatic climate control and LED interior lighting to make the interior all the more beautiful.
As far as the engine specs are concerned, the company has kept them same to that of the recently launched A3 Cabriolet, which comes with a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged TFSI motor. Mated to an all new 6-speed S-TRONIC tranny, the aforementioned engine delivers a maximum power output of 150PS alongside a peak torque of 250Nm. The combination sends equal power to the front wheels, which helps the Q3 to achieve a target of 0-100Kmph in mere 8.9 seconds. Also, the SUV is has received an ARAI-certificate of fuel economy for delivering a figure of 16.9Kmpl.
The exterior of the Audi Q3 has been refurbished where the front bumper has been restyled and now comes with new air inlets. The rest remains the same as that of its diesel kin.
The 2017 Audi Q3 will compete against the likes of BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA in India. As far as the price is concerned, the new kid on the block is the most affordable among its lot, as its diesel siblings cost Rs. 34.2 lakh (2.0 TDI FWD) and Rs. 37.2 lakh (2.0 TDI Quattro) ex-showroom, Delhi. The company is also planning to launch the refurbished version of A3 sedan in India next week on 6th April, 2017.