Audi India will introduce its entry-level car, the Audi A3 Sedan, in the second week of August, sources confirm to IndianAutosBlog.com. Audi had stated in March that it was four months away from having the product in showrooms.
Dealers of Audi India told IAB this month that they had initiated the communication with prospective buyers. Bookings however are not slated to officially commence before the car's launch.
The A3 would be available with a 2.0-liter TDI (diesel) engine only at the time of the launch, outputting 150 hp and 340 Nm, dealers said. Though the 1.8-liter TSI (petrol) has been testing in India, dealers said it won't be available initially.
The 2.0-liter diesel engine, familiar from cars like the Laura, Octavia, Superb and A4, will be coupled to a 6-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. A manual transmission variant is not in the running during the launch phase, though Audi has the option of introducing it for a lower entry price in the future, as it did with the Audi Q3 S.
The A3, dealers say, would come in two variants - Premium and Premium+ - with a sunroof, Xenon Plus headlamps and an upmarket sound system reserved for the top-end variant. On-road prices of the A3 will be in the region of INR 30-35 lakhs.