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Exclusive Pics: Cut price Audi Q3 caught testing EDIT: Now launched at Rs. 24.99 lakhs

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These are exclusive pictures of a cut price Audi Q3 which was recently caught testing in the urban traffic of Mumbai. If you look at the pics the alloys look really basic and the quattro badge is missing from the grille making it evident that the cut price Q3 will be a front wheel drive

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As the competition in the Indian luxury car segment is intensifying with the likes of Mercedes Benz A-Class, B-Class and BMW 1-Series all set to grab a greater market share, the current market leader(for the first 3 months of 2013) Audi could launch a cut price version of the Q3 Crossover in diesel guise later this year. Such a crossover is expected to be diesel powered and could come with a front wheel drive option instead of the current Quattro all wheel drive unit. This apart, the cut price Audi Q3 crossover is expected to take the locally assembly approach through the completely knocked down(CKD) unit route.

Currently, Audi does have a cut price, entry level version of the Q3 Crossover Diesel, that it sells internationally. The international-spec Audi Q3 2.0 TDI is front wheel driven while the engine, while continuing to be a 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel unit, outputs 140 Bhp-320 Nm. Also, the international-spec Audi Q3 comes with a 6 speed manual transmission to further drive down costs. In India, though Audi is expected to retain the 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox on the cut price diesel variant as well as luxury SUVs in India are synonymous with automatic transmissions.

It will be interesting to see whether Audi retains the 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine’s current 177 Bhp-350 Nm state of tune or whether the Volkswagen group German luxury car giant will opt to use the 140 Bhp-320 Nm state of tune on the entry level Q3. The entry level diesel, front wheel driven variant of the Audi Q3 is expected to be priced about 3-4 lakhs lower than the current base variant of the Audi Q3 2.0 TDI model. Currently, the base version Audi Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro sells for 27.21 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The locally assembled, front wheel driven variant, at about 3-4 lakh rupees cheaper, could give the likes of the Mercedes Benz A-Class and B-Class models, and the BMW X1 a real run for their monies.

Quoted text source: Indiancarsbikes.in

Pics source: ACI forum exclusive

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It looks Audi has already moved in right direction to keep the #1 slot safely defended from A-Class. This Q3 version would definitely be a 2-5 lacks cheaper than quattro Q3.

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It is a very tempting price point, for someone who wants to own an Audi !!

I heard they are taking online bookings also, and on the first day 125 bookings were received. Exclusion of DRL is sad though

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Audi Q3 S had an option of booking online and what a hit it was.

As reported on many TV car shows it garnered 1 booking every 1 minute , 25 bookings in the first 25 minutes .

Looks like a planned move to me.

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