Audi has further strengthened and updated its product portfolio as it unveiled the diesel variant of the hugely successful Audi A4 today for a price of Rs.40.20 lakhs. The diesel variant A4 gets mechanical changes and keeps the design from the petrol trim launched last year.
The S5 Sportback has been launched by Audi and it comes at a price tag of Rs.62.95 lakh. Based on the Audi A5, which has been selling across the globe, the S5 Sportback will look to take on the Indian performance car market which has been picking up quite a bit of speed lately.
The car comes powered by a 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol mill which delivers 328bhp in terms of power as well as 440Nm in terms of torque. The engine is the same as that on the S4 and is mated to a seven speed S-tronic gearbox. The car also has an all wheel drive system and moves from 0 to 100kmph in as little as five seconds.
The car looks pretty awesome as well and is a five seater sedan which is a departure from most other performance cars. The S5 Sportback comes with black premium interiors and a flat bottom steering wheel with the S5 badging on view almost everywhere. The car also comes loaded with tons of features that include an electric sunroof, automatic climate control as well as automatic headlamps.
India is seeing a huge growth in the performance car segment and Mercedes and BMW have already been making noises with their AMG and M range respectively. Audi too has joined the race with the RS6 Avant and now the S5 Sportback that will be taking on the C450 AMG from Mercedes that is likely to be launched by the end of this year.
In what is great news for car and Audi lovers, the company has launched the petrol edition of the facelifted Audi A6, which has been christened the A6 35 TFSI and comes with a price tag of Rs.45.90 lakh.
The interiors of the car have been done up now as well with LED headlights replacing the Matrix LED headlamps. The car also has dynamic turn indicators now and with a new and improved infotainment system as well a new Bose audio system making it all the more attractive for overall needs.
The A6 TFSI comes packed with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol mill that delivers 187.7bhp in terms of power as well as 32.6kgm of torque. The engine delivers more power and is regarded to be more fuel efficient at 15.26kpl. The transmission will be through the seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which will replace the older CVT with the energy recuperation function being a leading reason behind engine being more efficient this time.
The safety features include eight airbags and there is also leather upholstery and more legroom for passengers sitting in the rear.
This launch will be keenly looked at as the carmaker is looking to take on the likes of the immensely successful BMW 5 series, the Jaguar XF and the Mercedes E-Class with this launch. What will also be looked at is how much of a difference the revamped feel will make to the minds of customers as we await a slew of upcoming launches in this segment.
A petrol version of the Audi A6 facelift has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs.45.90 Lakh.
A new entry level petrol version of the Audi A3 named A3 40 TFSI Premium has been introduced in India at a price of Rs.25.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhiand Mumbai). At this price, the new petrol A3 is almost Rs.2 lakh cheaper compared to the existing diesel version. The car will come with all standard Audi features such as rear parking sensors, start stop button, leather upholstery and energy recuperation.
Powered by a 1.8-liter petrol motor, the A3 40 TFSI gives a max output of 178bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch 5-tronic transmission system.
The purpose here is to cash in on the upcoming festive season and keep the Audi brand going for the rest of the year. The company is hoping to that this new and cheaper Audi A3 will boost its numbers in Indian market even further.
Audi has launched its much awaited A6 facelift in India at a starting price of Rs.49.50 lakh. The new A6 facelift is a much improved version of the standard A6 with several changes made to its exterior as well as interior.
On the outside, the biggest change that one would notice is installation of the new Matrix LED lights. The shape of the headlights has been redesigned as well with twin lined fiber optics LED strips running along the length. Other important changes made to the outer design of the car include redesigned taillights with restyled indicators and new tailpipes.
On the inside, the A6 facelift gets new upholstery, Audi’s new MMI touch interface audio system, BOSE surround sound system, four zone climate control, new navigation unit and various other features. As standard feature the A6 facelift would come with eight air bags, adaptive air suspension, four zone climate control and Audi Drive Select.
Under the hood, the A6 facelift remains the same car with the same 2-liter TDi engine capable of producing a peak power of 190bhp. The engine is mated to a five-speed Audi S-Tronic automatic transmission.
The A6 facelift was first unveiled by Audi at the Paris Motor Show last year. Now that it has hit the market, it will fight for market share against the likes of Jaguar XF, Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series.
With an increase in its peak engine output and certain other styling changes, the Audi A6 facelift will be launched in India on September 20th this year. The biggest change in the facelifted A6 will be its redesigned headlights which are now surrounded with twin-lined Matrix LED lights that are also found on the recently launched RS6 Avant. However, this feature will only be seen in the top end variants only. Other changes include alloy wheels, redesigned tail lights and chrome linings on the edge of the boot lid.
On the inside as well certain changes have been made. For instance, the car will now have an in-built infotainment system, electronically controlled monitors, MMI interface, rear parking camera with night vision, adaptive cruise control as well as an LTE port.
Under the boot also the car gets a boost. Although it will still be powered by the same 2.0-liter TDI engine that powered its predecessor, but this time the engine will come with increased output. The facelift TDI will produce a peak power of 167bhp as compared to the 175bhp it produced earlier. Power to the wheels will be sent through a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The Audi Quattro four-wheel drive system will be a standard feature across all variants.
Once launched the Audi A6 facelift will take on the likes of BMW 5-series, Jaguar XF and the Mercedes Benz E-Class in the Indian market.
The upcoming 2017 Audi Q5 has been spotted going through rigorous testing in Spain. Although heavily camouflaged, the images reveal quite a lot about the car.
The new Q5 in these images looks smarter and sharper compared to its previous version where it was more curvy and bulgy at places. The front fascia of the car looks new and more similar to the one that Q7 has. Other changes in the front of the car include larger air intakes and hexagonal frontal grille. The rear end of the car gets newly designed taillights and a new bumper. Sides of the car remains more or less unchanged.
The Q5 is expected to be lighter by almost 100kgs since it would use Audi new and famed MLB platform. As far as the engine is concerned, it is expected that the car will get same engines as the upcoming Audi A4 i.e. a four-cylinder diesel and a six-cylinder petrol engine.
On the inside, the upcoming Q5 is expected to have a virtual cockpit, Audi’s latest multi-media interface, tablet based entertainment system on the back and Matrix LEDs. A four-wheel drive e-Tron plug-in hybrid can also not be ruled out.
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Don’t retune your sets! 2016 Audi A4 has been revealed in two body styles – wagon and sedan, with the automaker claiming that it symbolizes a fascinating synthesis of aesthetics and technology, a vehicle, which defines the benchmark in its class. In spite of not looking dramatically different to the previous model, the all-new A4 has been fully redesigned to be more high tech, safer and efficient unlike its predecessors. Not to forget, it will compete with the likes of Jaguar XE, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C-Class.
Riding on 2820mm wheelbase and measuring 4726mm long, the 2016 Audi A4 gets a new body, making it the best midsize luxury car in the segment. On the other hand, the station wagon sits 7mm higher and is 1mm shorter. In terms of styling, the automaker claims it has bold horizontal lines running across the rear and front of the vehicle, highlighting the new width, Matrix LED and optional LED headlamps and signature single frame grille. So, it’s lighter, sleeker and bigger!
Coming to the engine – the 2016 Audi A4 range comprises 4 and 6-cylinder powerplants with 7 to choose from when the vehicle launches in Germany: four diesel and three petrol with front wheel drive system. The petrol 1.4 TFSI engine churns out 110kW of power with 250 newton meters of torque, while the 2.0 TFSI is offered in two versions: standard one generates 185kW of power and 370 newton meters of torque; the Ultra one produces 140kW of power with 320 newton meters of torque.
On the diesel side, you will get two different versions: 2.0 TDI that’s good for producing 140kW of power with 400 newton meters of torque and low output 2.0TDI for 110kW of power and 320 newton meters of torque. The top-of-the-line 3.0TDI Quattro model equipped with S Tronic is the performance king, churning out 200kW of power with earth-shattering 600 newton meters of torque. The A4 will be available in three transmission choices – six-speed manual, S-Tronic seven-speed and Tiptronic eight-speed gearbox. The S-Tronic seven-speed will be offered on front-wheel drive trims, whereas Audi will continue to offer its optional Quattro four-wheel drive system.
According to Audi, the all-new A4 will drive better than before because of its new electromechanical steering system and five redesigned link axles. The interior of 2016 Audi A4 sees a lot of changes with 12.3 inch screen and 8.3 inch on dashboard top. You will also find areas of color ambient lighting inside with Audi Phone Box with wireless charging. How can we forget about safety? Well, a lot of features have been added to the list; including Stop&Go Adaptive Cruise Control that has jam assist system; camera-based speed recognition system, lane keeping assist, collision avoidance with automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert and semi automated parking.
While everything is on the table, expect pricing to be revealed soon!
Audi India launched the new Q3 for a starting price of Rs 28.99 lakh. The compact SUV is rolled out in three variants: Q3S, Q3 Premium and Q3 Premium Plus.
Noting down the amendments carried out, one will find the fresh set of headlamps (LED optional), bolder front grille, larger air vents on front, new design for alloy wheels, and slightly quirked tail lamps.
However, the designer had infused changes only on outers, where the interior remains pretty much the same. Still, some amendments carried out are on the MMI system, steering wheel, instrument cluster and more.
However, Q3 for Audi India was an important product, and seriousness seen in its marketing strategies made the maker to roll out a Q3S with some luxuries dropped from list in order to meet the ground-stuck price tag of the buyer’s trend. And to our surprise it sold very well throughout, so the carmaker continued the legacy with the new model as well.
In the engine bay, one can find the 2.0L diesel engine producing the max power output of 174bhp after mated to a 7-speed S-tronic DCT gearbox with paddle shifters and traction being sent o to all-wheels via Quattro. The Q3S on its low-cost side parted away with the six-speed manual, front wheel drive and a less powerful engine of 138bhp.
Hence, this new Q3 is a part of the ten launches planned by Ingolstadt based carmaker for the country across the year. The forthcoming launches include new A6 sedan and the new flagship Q7 SUV, which the new Q3 looks like its compressed replica.
- Prices of Audi Q3 facelift ex-showroom Delhi:
- Audi Q3 S – Rs 28.99 lakh
- Audi Q3 Premium – Rs 33.99 lakh
- Audi Q3 Premium Plus – Rs 37.50 lakh
Estates literally have a zero presence in India. With no carmakers offering it in the new car market, Indians recounts only Tata Estate if asked to name a wagon/estate car in India. Certainly, after a long gap someone tried to change that, and its none other than Audi who launched the RS6 Avant in country for an expensive price tag to compensate its sheer power.
Sensibly speaking, the launch has taken place in order to test the water. Audi believes buyers demand in India had seen a dynamic change. Ranging from sedans to SUVs, compact SUVs, buyers are in a need to shift to a new model, which estates and wagons are in the lucrative mood to do so. The next big thing from Audi to India is said to be its Allroad, which sits on the raised height and offers the best of SUV and estate. Audi Allroad too is a derivative of A6 sedan and Audi finds itself in a good shape to take over the roads.
Though they say, it may turn easy for Audi to sell the RS6 to a handful of buyers, but rolling out Allroad to shift the trend may prove an uphill task. Audi needs to focus on the ad making and positioning of the car. After all, some cars work great proportion when they are offered at a right price. For Allroad, a slice of worry hovers, Audi has intended to bring it as CBU which will subject to heavy duties, and in return may raising the price incredibly. Yet, if the Allroad will bear fruit in future, then the Ingolstadt based German carmaker has planned to bring more models like A4 and A6 Avant to India which will become a new statement.
As said, the estate cars aren’t sold in good numbers around the world, except for Europe. Hence, it will be interesting to see does India had developed a fetish for such thing after a long gap since the discontinuation of models like Tata Marina and Estate, Skoda Octavia Combi, Fiat Siena Weekend and Adventure, Opel Swing and Maruti Baleno Altura due to their poor sales. All of us are still looking for an answer.