Audi Q3 gets a mightier heart
By Ammar Alvi
24th February 2013 12:00 AM
Audi India, which last year lunched the Q3, its entry level SUV in India, is now gearing up to expand the range. The company launched the power-packed Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI Quattro recently hoping to get more visibility of the brand. Ammar Alvi has more.
German auto giant Audi recently announced the launch of the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro, the most recent addition to its popular compact luxury SUV in India. With this addition of the 2.0 TFSIq engine, the Audi Q3 is now, according to the company, the most powerful in the compact luxury SUV segment in India. The Audi Q3 customer can now choose between the performance-packed 2.0 TFSIq and the highly efficient 2.0 TDIq engines.
The Audi Q3 2.0 TFSIq with 211 hp reaches a maximum torque of 300 Nm between 1,800 and 4,900 rpm and develops its power evenly, leading to a fascinating driving experience. In combination with the standard seven-speed S tronic, the four-cylinder unit accelerates the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSIq from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 230 km/h. The startstop system in 2.0 TFSIq enhances efficiency bringing it to 11.72 km/l. The Audi Q3 range is also powered by a diesel engine—the 2.0 TDIq.
According to Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, “We completed the first round of 500 bookings of Audi Q3 within just five days of its market launch in June last year. Never before has any luxury SUV received such an overwhelming response as the Audi Q3.”
The new Audi Q3 2.0 TFSIq is priced at `27,37,000 onwards (ex-showroom Maharashtra). Audi India made a strong start to the year 2013 grossing sales of 737 cars in January 2013. It recorded a 10.5 per cent growth year-on-year (January 2012: 667 cars). Last year, Audi sold 9003 cars recording an impressive 63 per cent growth in India in the calendar year 2012.
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