We are in New Delhi at the launch of the 2015 Audi Q3, the smaller sibling to the Q5 and Q7 which has been given a facelift for this model year. And, while the mechanicals underneath remain the same there is enough here on the cosmetic front to warrant this event.
The most prominent of these changes here is that big trademark Audi grille, now done up in a different pattern. Gone are the vertical slats on the 6-point grille, replaced by a wider and chrome-lined single unit. The bumpers have been redesigned too, and now the top-end models will get Matrix LED headlight units for better illumination and looks. The daytime running lights, always a big draw on newer Audis, are redesigned, and now curve outwards instead of inwards. At the rear, the integrated turn indicators light up sequentially in the direction of the turn now.
The 2015 Audi Q3 sits on 17” 10-spoked alloy wheels with a new Y-shaped design. Audi is offering three new colour options for the Q3, and while we still don’t know their factory-given names, they can be vaguely described as red, brown-ish, and blue.
Mechanically, the 2015 Q3 is the same as its outgoing version. This means that the underpinnings and chassis are the same, as is the powertrain: a 2.0-litre TDI mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic gearbox. It still makes 174 bhp @ 4200 rpm and 380 Nm between 1750 – 2500 rpm in Quattro trim, and 140 bhp in standard (non-quattro) trim. In its new guise, with the negligible difference in weight between then and now, this small luxury SUV will sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds and go on to a top-speed of 212 km/h.
The S Edition (base model, no Quattro AWD, 140 bhp) of the 2015 Audi Q3 will retail for Rs 28.99 lakh, ex showroom, both in Delhi and Mumbai. Then there’s the Premium edition, which is priced at Rs 33.99 lakh, and the Premium Plus, priced at Rs 37.50 lakh.
We have already taken this machine out of the lush and scenic roads for Goa for our comprehensive review, so click here to know more about the latest Ingolstadt offering in India.