Further updating its 2017 line-up, Audi India today launched the facelifted 2017 Audi Q3 in the country starting at ₹ 34.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is Audi's third launch for the year 2017 after the A3 Cabriolet facelift and the new-gen A4 diesel, both of which went on sale in India last month. As for the new Audi Q3 facelift, the crossover-SUV comes with better styling, new features and a pair of new 2.0 litre TDI engines in different states of tune - 148 bhp and 181 bhp. The latter comes with Audi's quattro system and a price tag of ₹ 37.2 lakh (Both ex-showroom, Delhi).
The less powerful 2.0 litre TDI comes with front-wheel-drive (FWD) setup only and churns out a maximum of 148 bhp and develops a peak torque of 340 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 7-speed S tronic automatic gearbox that propels the car to go from 0-100 kmph in 9.3 seconds. The engine returns a fuel efficiency of 18.51 kmpl. On the other hand, the more powerful 2.0-TDI makes 181 bhp 4 per cent more than the previous mode and develops 380 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes mated to the same 7-speed S tronic automatic gearbox along with Audi's signature quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. This particular model returns a mileage of 15.17 kmpl.
Speaking about the new Audi Q3, Rahil Ansari, Head, Audi India, said, "The Audi Q3 has been a segment leader ever since its introduction apart from being our best-selling model. The market has been evolving rapidly and we have always stayed ahead of the curve by constantly updating the Audi Q3 to enhance its appeal and make it more relevant for our customers. The new Audi Q3 is the benchmark with new engine options, attractive new features and an enviable list of standard equipment upping its desirability quotient immensely. We are confident that this will attract many more Audi fans to join the Audi family."
On the feature front, both the variants are pretty much similar. Audi is offering a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED Headlights with signature LED DRLs, Front seats with electric adjustment and Deluxe 2 Zone Automatic Air Conditioner, all of which comes as standard. The cabin also comes with sporty aluminium tangent inlays in the 2.0 litre TDI quattro variant, on the other hand, the 2.0 litre TDI FWD gets elegant walnut brown inlays.
Other features include - hill-start assist & hill descent assist, electromechanical parking brake, folding rear seat back, front & rear centre armrest, parking system plus with reverse camera, and cruise control. As for safety features, the Q3 facelift offers 6 airbags, ABS, and electronic stabilisation programme (ESP).
Talking about future plans, Ansari said, "We will have overall ten launches this year and some of these models will be in new segments and will be trendsetters in the luxury car market in India. Our thrust is on fulfilling customers' requirements and in line with that, this is our third launch of the year after the new Audi A3 Cabriolet and the all-new Audi A4 TDI."