German car manufacturer Audi has confirmed that it will launch the five-door coupe crossover Audi Q3 in India in 2012. The timing is perfect as the SUV will get maximum exposure at the Auto Expo in New Delhi to be held in early 2012. It is quite possible that Audi will launch it at the Expo itself. The price of the Audi Q3 is expected to remain around Rs 24 lakh (Rs 2.4 million).
Audi Q3 is a compact SUV that first appeared worldwide in April 2011. It is the smallest SUV by Audi and is hoped to be followed by a sibling Audi Q1 in the coming years. In order to keep the cost down, Audi Q3 will be assembled in India at the German car maker's assembly plant at Aurangabad. As per initial reports, the Q3 could have 170-hp, 1.8 liter petrol engine and a diesel driven 136-hp, 2L TDI engine.
Audi Q3 is a car that is 'compact' for the sake of the word and dimensions only and it looks quite big from the outside. The small size SUV is 4.39m long, 1.83m wide and 1.6m high which is in no way smaller in looks.
Besides, the Audi Q3 is also lightweight and aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of only 0.32. Moreover, the Q3 has quite distinct Audi looks with the tornado line in place giving it a sleek and taut appearance. Juxtaposed to BMW X1, that has massive look despite its small size, the Audi Q3 also in way look inferior to it. Where the front of the X1 has kidney grille chrome and black verticals the Audi Q3 has a single frame grill at the front. Similar to the look-big exteriors, Q3 interior is spacious .Ergonomically designed seats, wrap-around, hand, head rests make it more comfortable to ride.
Just as Audi gives preference to individual choice when it comes to interiors, Audi Q3 will also has variety of interior options available regarding the upholstery and material inside. However, the S line Audi Q3 sports version which is a special edition has all black interiors.
The 460 to 1,365 liters luggage compartment is ideal for sports and leisure. The seats are adjustable with heating options. The three-spoke leather steering wheel houses multimedia and other system controls on it. Big color display inside in Q3 displays information. User-friendliness and comfort drive the instrumentation inside.
Inside the cabin Audi shows no signs of a cheap material. Real knurled aluminum material for the buttons to the temperature of the A / C feels more refined than the Rolls-Royce engineered. Seats are padded with comfort, and ergonomics are clearly instruments and can be found on the Audi Q3. An optional interior package denagn LED lights over the border to add flavor to the speaker grille and cupholders.
Torque is good for the SUV, and the instant response and a hi-revving excitement enough exercise. When headed to the corner of the second or third gear with the revs up, then lift the throttle slightly, understeer is not bad for a crossover, and responded by slipping torque reversal in the nose and neat to be neutral. But you do not quite have the pleasure that you should because you can not feel the grip of the front tires – it’s dead hand of the electronic power steering Q3 in the workplace.
Audi cars have well adapted themselves to the Indian road conditions. Prior to its launch, the Q3 will be conditioned to Indian road where the speed breakers have no size limit in the rural areas.
Audi Q3 Specifications:
- Drive wheels: all
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, gasoline and diesel
- Horsepower: 215 (gasoline), 200 (diesel) (CG estimates)
- Torque: 215 lb-ft (gasoline), 295 (diesel) (CG estimates)
- Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
- Wheelbase: 102.5 inches
- Length: 172.4 inches
- Width: 72.2 inches (CG estimate)
- Height: 65.0 inches (CG estimate)
- Base curb weight: 3,675 lb (CG estimate)
- The Audi Q3 is also said to be a replica of the Volkswagen Tiguan which features a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
- Audi Q3 is also said to be newer in design which can also deliver a great power and torque.
- 6-speed automated-manual transmission
- DSG ( Direct-Shift Gearbox )
- Dual Clutch Transmission
- A 147 kW (197 hp) 2.0 FSI turbo engine
- A 171 kW (229 hp) 3.0 turbo-diesel V6
- A 210 kW (282 hp) 3.6 FSI V6
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