Notwithstanding the slowdown in the auto industry,German luxury carmaker Audi will launch its latest sports utility vehicle ‘Q5’ in India in June,besides giving a facelift to its existing sedan ‘A6’.
“The only SUV in India from our stable is Q7,which is doing extremely good even in the present situation. But still some people prefer a smaller SUV and because of this,we have decided to offer Q5 in the Indian market,” Audi spokesperson said in Ingolstadt.
Q5 was launched in Europe in November 2008,with four versions in both petrol and diesel engines. It is priced between 38,000 Euro and 50,000 Euro in Germany.
“In June this year,we will launch only two variants of Q5 in India,homologation of which are currently on. These vehicles will be sold there as a completely-built-unit (CBU) and will be exported from the company’s Ingolstadt facility,” the official said.
The company,which has committed an investment of 30 million Euro till 2015 in India,would introduce the car with 3.0 litre TDI (diesel) and 2.0 litre TFSI (petrol) engines for Indian consumers.
Audi sold 350 units of Q7 in 2008 in India,the spokesperson said,”which is the highest selling figure in its class in the market”. It sold a total of 1,050 units in India in 2008.
Besides,the company would also give a facelift to its existing sedan A6 for the Indian market. “It will be launched even before Q5 will be introduced,” the spokesperson said.
The other models,that the company sells in the Indian market includes sedan — A4 and A8 ¿ and sports cars — TT and R8. It assembles A4 and A6 in the Aurangabad facility where group firms Volkswagen and Skoda also manufactures their cars.