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Will Audi Q3 manage to beat BMW X1?

Last updated on: May 8, 2012 14:57 IST

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T
he fight among the German triad, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi is getting hotter.

Till now it was BMW, which Mercedes was competing with to grab the top slot, but in a surprise move, Audi snatched the trophy from Mercedes Benz and is now inching closer to BMW for the throne.

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After being crowned the second best car company in the luxury segment in India, Audi is ambitious to rule the Indian luxury car segment by the year 2015.

Working towards this goal, Audi will roll out the new Q3 compact SUV in India which will rival BMW's entry level SUV X1.

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Let's throw some more light on the two SUVs. Look wise, Audi Q3 reminds one of an over-sized hatchback with a towering ground clearance.

It is 4,385mm long and is shorter by 6cm compared to its arch rival BMW X1 SUV.

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Q3 will be roomier enough, offering ample space to the passengers.

The boot space is also capacious with a capacity of 460-litre that can be extended to 1,365 liters by folding the seats.

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On the other hand X1 has a close resemblance to the BMW 3 Series sedan as it is conceived on it.

Just like the Q3, X1 too does not look like a full fledged SUV; it rather looks a bigger version of 3 Series.

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Initially, Audi will launch Q3 in diesel and later the company may offer a petrol variant also.

Under the hood, the SUV will sport a 2.0TDI diesel mill that will offer 177PS of power and a maximum torque of 380Nm.

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Audi Q3 will come with a Quattro wheel drive system mated to S tronic dual clutch gearbox.

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On the other hand the BMW X1 comes equipped with a more powerful engine that pumps out 184 Bhp of maximum power. 

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The fate of most cars, especially in India, is decided by the price tag it carries, Q3 too is expected to be priced competitively.

Though, due to the presence of four wheel drive system, the SUV will be priced a notch above BMW X1.

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X1 has helped BMW India ramp up its sales volume, its petite size and awe-inspiring looks have contributed towards it popularity and above all the affordable price tag that starts at Rs 22.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

This is the most affordable car under BMW's stable and hence has carved a niche for itself in India.

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The question that arises here is, with higher price tag than X1, will Q3 be able to surpass the sales of BMW X1?

To attain the top slot in the luxury division, it is necessary for Audi to outnumber BMW which is currently dominating the luxury segment in India.

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All speculation will end soon, as just a month is left for the launch of Audi Q3.

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