It won’t be wrong to say that the entry level premium car market in India is fast heating up. The Indian subsidiary of Mercedes Benz recently launched the A Class and is also very close to launching the diesel variant of the B Class in India. BMW India already has been selling the X1 entry level luxury crossover and has met with considerable success. The third of the German premium car maker trio, Audi, sells Q3 crossover in the same segment and has been quick in becoming the segment leader. Joining the might Germans is the recently launched Volvo V40 CrossCountry from the renowned Swedish car maker.
With increased competition threatening to spell the end of Audi’s dominance, the good folks at Audi India could be more than a bit worried. Regulars here would remember that we were among the firsts to report that in a bid to prevent Q3 from slipping down the sales charts, Audi India plans to soon go ahead with the local assembly of its entry level crossover.
Now, the Q3 that you see in the pic here is the same locally produced variant that would be soon launched in India. Audi India head, Micheal Perschke, has said that the locally produced Q3 will be launched with a petrol variant and two diesel variants.
As can be made out from close observation of the pic, the Q3 that has been spotted is the 2.0 TDI Quattro model. The upcoming low cost variant will have ordinary bulbs instead of LED fixtures in its taillamps and a basic set of alloy wheels. Also, the car will miss out on various high end gizmos.
The locally assembled Audi Q3 2.0 TDi Quattro is expected to be priced around INR 24 lakhs.