Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Audi Q3 launch by June confirmed


Audi’s long awaited Q3 will finally be in Indian showrooms by June this year. Audi will initially offer a fully loaded, all-wheel drive version powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, 177bhp diesel with plans to launch a 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol variant circa September. Expect the diesel Q3 to be priced at around Rs 23-26 lakh.
We drove the diesel in Zurich last year and initial impressions point at a soft-roader that’s adequately quick, reasonably spacious and built to Audi’s high standards. We did find the diesel a tad noisy when revved though. The Q3 has one crucial advantage over its direct rival, the BMW X1. Where the X1 looks like a hopped up Estate, the Q3 has proper SUV proportions – something that’s sure to appeal to Indian customers.