2015 Audi Q3 Arrives in India to Battle BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA
Audi has just launched a facelift version of its Q3 compact luxury SUV. The Q3 is Audi’s highest selling model in India and is facing formidable competition from the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1.
The Q3 is available in four variants, namely, S Edition, Premium, Premium Plus and Navigational Optional. The new car retains the traditional look of its previous model (2012 Q3), except for some sporty changes, features and interior upgrades. The front sports a black hexagonal grille with matte silver surrounds and LED headlamps. At the back, the Q3 now features new LED tail lamps and the ‘scrolling’ turn indicators. The new model comes with star-shaped 10-spoke alloys.
The cabin too undergoes quite a few developments such as 3D aluminium inlays on the centre console, new accents for door trims and dashboard, a new multi-function steering wheel, latest MMI system with navigation and an excellent sound system.
The 2015 Q3 facelift will be modelled with a 2.0-litre TDI, four-cylinder diesel in two tunes that also powers the previous model. The entry level model gets a 140 PS variant with six-speed manual transmission and front wheel drive while other alternatives get 180 PS variant with Quattro all-wheel drive technology. The engine is complemented to a seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox. The engine delivers 184PS of power along with a peak torque of 380Nm.
“We are confident that the new Audi Q3 will bring in many new members to the Audi family much like it did since its launch and will further strengthen our dominance in the compact luxury segment in the land of Quattro – India,” said Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India.
The car is available for Rs 28.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The premium SUV is also available in new exterior shades- Mango Yellow, Utopia Blue and Glacier White. This is the Audi’s fifth launch this year after Audi R8 LMX, Audi TT Coupe, RS& sports back and RS6 Avant in India.