The entry-level Premium Plus trim of the second-generation Audi Q3 costs Rs 44.89 lakh, while the top-spec technology trim is priced at Rs 50.39 lakh ex-showroom in India. At the end of this year, deliveries for the new Q3 will start.
The Q3 was discontinued along with the Q5 and Q7 SUVs after the switch to the BS6 emission standards, and it has now been reintroduced in India after an absence of more than two years. Overseas, the second-generation Q3 has been in production for four years already. In July 2018, it was unveiled.
In India, only one 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is available for the Audi Q3, and it is 190 horsepower and 320 Nm. The engine comes standard with a 7-speed DCT transmission and four all-wheel drive. The new Q3 does not have a diesel engine option like the SUV's predecessor had. The 0-100kph sprint time that Audi claims is 7.3 seconds.
The same engine is also available on the bigger Q5 and various other SUVs made by the VW Group, including the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan. In actuality, the Tiguan, Kodiaq and the MQB platform from the VW Group serve as the foundation for the Q3.
The new Q3 is a larger SUV than the outgoing model; it has a slightly longer length, wider width, and a longer wheelbase. The flagship Q8 served as an inspiration for the design. With thinner LED headlamps, a prominent octagonal grille, and sharp bumper creases, it has a much more streamlined appearance than the preceding model's softer curves. The 18-inch alloy wheels on the India-spec Q3 are available in five exterior paint colours: Pulse Orange, Glacier White, Chronos Gray, Mythos Black, and Navarra Blue.
Moreover, the interior receives a total design makeover. The new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system is now integrated into the dashboard, unlike the outgoing Q3's free-floating infotainment screen, according to Audi, who claims that space is significantly enhanced over the outgoing model. Additionally, the dashboard and door pads include decorative aluminium inserts to add contrast. Thankfully, Audi has kept the traditional dials and buttons for the climate control system, unlike its pricier vehicles.
A 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, two-zone climate control, park assist with a reverse camera, 30-colour ambient lighting, six airbags, and other standout features are just a few of Q3's highlights. Okapi Brown and Pearl Beige are the two interior colour choices for the Q3 built for India. Its boot has a 530-litre capacity.
Early this month, reservations for the third quarter began at Rs 2 lakh. For the first 500 buyers, Audi includes a 3-year/50,000km service plan in addition to a 5-year extended warranty on the Q3. The Q3 is still a competitor to vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, and Volvo XC40.