Snapshot – Audi plans to launch 10 new cars in India next year, in order to maintain its leadership position in the luxury car market here. Lately, Mercedes Benz has been nipping at Audi’s heels and the latter needs to come up with compelling vehicles to keep the former at bay. CarToq profiles half a dozen new Audi luxury cars and crossovers that will make the launch cut into India during 2015.
Next Generation A4 Sedan
The 5th generation model of the Audi A4 sedan, which is the German automaker’s best selling sedan ever, will be launched in India next year. The official unveil of the 2015 Audi A4 sedan, code-named the B9, will happen next year, and the car will use the Volkswagen group’s MLB platform. A mix of steel, aluminium and composites will keep the weight of the 2015 A4 sedan low. The car will see sharper styling but its overall length will be similar to the outgoing, 4th generation model. The front and rear tracks of the B9 A4 will get wider and Audi India will CKD assemble the A4 sedan at Aurangabad.
A6 Sedan Facelift
A big seller for Audi worldwide, the A6 luxury sedan received a mild facelift earlier this year. The facelifted car will land on Indian shores next year, with CKD assembly taking place at Aurangabad. The addition of matrix headlamps is the most prominent change on the 2015 A6 Facelift. The car also gains a revised exterior, along with tweaks to the insides in terms of features and material finish. The 2015 A6 Facelift will be sold in India with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options. An all-automatic gearbox range will be standard on the car.
Audi will continue its blitz in the affordable luxury car market with the hatchback variant of the A3 range, touted to be the lowest priced Audi car in India. The A3 hatchback, underpinned by the MQB platform, will be powered by the same set of turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines that power the Audi A3 sedan. With its estimated price tag whisker away from the 20 lakh rupee mark, the Audi A3 hatchback is likely to redefine the luxury car market here. In terms of competition, the Audi A3 hatchback will have to fend off the likes of the BMW 1-Series, and the Mercedes Benz A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks.
Next Generation Q7 Crossover
Early next year, the Detroit Motor Show will play host to the next-generation Audi Q7, the flagship luxury crossover in the German automaker’s vehicle range. A big, butch operator, the Q7 crossover’s next generation version will hit the gym in a big way as Audi has aimed at an 800 pound weight reduction on the back of an aluminium heavy MLB plaform. The Q7 will continue to be a 7 seat luxury SUV, with the 3 liter TDI turbo diesel engine in a V6 configuration being the mainstay of the range in India. Expect the next-generation Q7 to land here by the end of next year. CKD assembly will be used on the next-generation Q7 as well.
Q3 Crossover Facelift
The facelifted version of one of Audi India’s best selling vehicles, the Q3 crossover, has just been revealed. The Audi Q3 Crossover Facelift brings mild changes on board, both in terms of styling as well as mechanicals. The Q3 Facelift will be launched in India next year, in order to freshen up the crossover’s line up here. The turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine line up of the Q3 Facelift remain unchanged. Both front wheel drive and Quattro all wheel drive variants of the Q3 Facelift will be sold in India. Audi has taken the CKD assembly approach for the Q3 sold in India and the facelifted model will follow the same approach.
All-New Audi TT Coupe
Audi has been busy testing the 2015 TT Coupe in India. The third generation version of the car made its international debut earlier this year while the roadster version was unveiled last month, at the Paris Motor Show. The Indian launch will happen in 2015. The 3rd generation, MQB platform based 2015 Audi TT will not be sold as a roadster in India. Both turbo petrol and turbo diesel engined versions of the Audi TT will be launched here. Lighter and smaller (length wise) than the outgoing model, the longer wheelbase equipped 2015 Audi TT coupe will be imported into India as a completely built unit.