German auto maker, Audi launched its much anticipated SUV, Q3 for the Indian market to compete with its rival BMW's X1. The new Q3 is powered by 2.0-litre diesel motor churning out 174bhp and 38.7kgm torque. The Q3 measures 4.4 metres from nose to tail, which makes it almost 250mm shorter than the Q5.
"The launch of the Audi Q3 is in line with our top-down strategy for India. At present, only 500 Audi Q3s will be available for initial booking," Audi India head Michael Perschke said.
The Q3’s gets interiors which are as well built as the larger Q7. The two-tone cabin is full of high quality stuff – like the double-stitched leather boot for the gearlever, rich wood trim, intricately detailed plastic parts and the MMI screen that rises out of the dashboard – although this is just an MMI ‘lite’ and not the full-fledged system you get on the bigger cars. The Q3 is now available as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) and CKD-assembly will start later at Audi’s Aurangabad facility.
There are two variants on offer; the base version is priced at Rs 26.21 lakh, it comes with 16-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, halogen headlamps, manual A/C controls, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The top-end variant is priced at Rs 31.49 lakh, it is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, LED tail lamps and xenon headlamps, automatic climate control and a panoramic glass-sunroof. (All prices ex-showroom, Maharashtra).