Audi India has made a bold move by launching the Q3 petrol today, considering BMW India is scheduled to launch their new X1 SUV facelift in India tomorrow. Audi India finished 2012 as the second largest luxury car maker with total sales of 9003 units while BMW India finished on top with sales of 9375 units. Image gallery of the Q3 TDI from Goa media drive.
Audi introduced the Q3 with diesel in India last year in June. It was an instant hit. They received 500 booking orders within a matter of just 5 days. They now expect a similar response for the petrol counterpart, which was launched earlier today across India. Audi Q3 petrol has a 2.0L turbo charged petrol engine that can deliver maximum power of 211 horsepower and a peak torque of 300 Nm. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.9 seconds and Audi claims that this is the most powerful compact luxury SUV in India. Audi Q3 petrol delivers a mileage of 11.72 kmpl and has a top speed of 230 kmph. The engine of the new Q3, 2.0L TFSI has been the recepient of International Engine of the Year Award for 5 consecutive years, in its category.
Speaking about the launch of new Q3, Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India, said, “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. In keeping with our top-down strategy, the Audi Q3 truly embodies the ‘Q’ DNA with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and S tronic dual clutch transmission, which are just some of the features that it inherits from the highly successful Audi Q7 and Audi Q5. I am confident that the addition of this powerful 2.0 TFSIq engine will further delight the Audi enthusiast who is constantly looking for more power and an even more exhilarating drive.”
“India is a market full of young aspirants who want to make a statement about their individuality and keeping that in mind we introduced the Audi Q3 last year. Going by the phenomenal response that the Audi Q3 has raked up since last year it is clear that it is a hot favourite with the young go-getters that want a slice of the Q life. The award winning 2.0 TFSIq engine on the Audi Q3 resonates dynamic and powerful performance which will further spur the demand for our SUV range in India,” added Mr. Perschke.