IAB Picks – 7 entry-level luxury cars heading to India by mid-2015


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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.

Audi A3 sedan front three quarters at Auto Expo 2014
Audi India’s head has confirmed that the A3 sedan would come to India this year and that it would be the cheapest Audi yet.

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.

Audi A3 Cabriolet at Auto Expo 2014 front three quarters
The A3 soft-top convertible is likely to be a CBU and cater to a niche segment.

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.

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