If you have been following IndianAutosBlog.com, you know that Audi is testing the refreshed A4 sedan in Mumbai. Sporting psychedelic camouflage, the A4 could have new body panels with design cues of bigger Audi sedans.
The new A4 could debut simultaneously in India as the C-Class facelift is out on the market and four variants of the next generation 3 Series is expected to come out before mid-2012. How often do we see an unreleased overseas OEM model testing in India? The luxury car market in India is booming and looks good to shatter the 20k cars/year barrier in the next few years.
In a recent interview to a television channel, a higher official in Audi said its target in 2012 is 7,500 units in India. This is a massive number and cars like the A4 and the more affordable Q3 crossover will have to work overtime to reach that number. Chances are if Audi reaches the target it will surpass Mercedes Benz which doesn't have a crossover competitor at that price point.
Brief video of the A4 facelift testing in Mumbai
Mechanical changes on the A4 replacement is minimum. The 3.2-liter FSI engine is likely to be replaced by a smaller 3-liter TFSI V6 outputting 272PS. Other variants could have improvements based on the inputs given by A4 customers in the last three years.
Will Audi work out a different pricing strategy for the A4 to appeal to a larger customer base?
We'd like to thank our readers Suraj and Aditya for sending in footage of the mule.
Images sent in by Suraj Arumugam of Supercars and Exotics in India
Video sent in by IAB fan Aditya Prakash