Audi India’s Head confirms Q3 facelift launch within 2 months – IAB Report
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Likely to continue with the same 2.0 TDI engine.
Speaking to Indian Autos Blog on the sidelines of the new TT launch in New Delhi yesterday, Mr. Joe King, Head of Audi India, confirmed that the brand will launch the 2015 Q3 (facelift) in the first half of this year.
“Next five months we have pretty much got a launch every month”, he said when asked about the company’s plans for the immediate term. Overall, Audi India will have 10 launches this calendar year, while its main rival, Mercedes-Benz India announced 15 launches for 2015.
The Q3 facelift benefits from Audi’s new Singleframe grille, redesigned headlights and bumpers and optional LED lighting. Dynamic turn indicators, similar to those on the A8 facelift, are also part of the optional equipment list.
The Q3 is assembled at Audi India’s Aurangabad facility, and the facelifted model will continue to be put together at this plant from CKD kits shipped from Martorell, Spain.
For the Indian market, the Q3 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI engine capable of 177 hp and 380 Nm of torque paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission. An ‘S’ edition with a detuned engine matched to a 6-speed manual was available, but according to dealers, is discontinued at the moment.
Rivals: Mercedes GLA, BMW X1
Expected Price: INR 28-38 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: May-June 2015