IAB Picks – 7 entry-level luxury cars heading to India by mid-2015
Posted on: Mar 18, 2014 - 4:06pm IST
The entry-level luxury car market has boomed ever since the Mercedes B-Class made its debut in 2012. With the A-Class soon following, the German brand had its first mover advantage. BMW and Volvo quickly followed with the 1 Series and the V40 Cross Country respectively.
However, the segment has attracted attention and a list of launches are scheduled in the particularly meaty Rs 20 – Rs 30 lakh segment. Here’s a list of entrants to that segment that can be expected soon.
Audi A3 sedan & A3 Cabriolet
Both cars made their Indian debut at last month’s Auto Expo 2014. Both are built on the VW Group’s MQB platform.
The A3 sedan gets a range of engine options in Europe – A 1.4-liter TFSI engine making 140 hp and 250 Nm of peak torque is mated to a 7-speed A/T, a 1.8-liter TFSI engine that produces 180 hp and 250 Nm mated to the same A/T and finally a 2.0-liter TDI engine that makes 150 hp and 320 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
As for the convertible, the company at the Auto Expo had displayed only the 1.8-liter TFSI variant that is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed AT, even though it offers the car with the 1.4-liter TFSI and 2.0-liter TDI in Europe.
Both cars are expected to launch towards the middle of 2014.