In India, when it comes to cold weather and high altitude testing of cars, manufacturers mostly take their vehicles to the Himalayas. Audi has done the same thing with their upcoming new A4 sedan and Q7 SUV.
Both the vehicles were spotted on test, unmasked, near Kargil. The A4 gets restyled headlamps, a single-frame grille, chrome strip above the waistline, new alloy wheels, compact LED tail lamps and a sloping roofline. It is based on the second-generation of the flexible MLB platform and looks sharper than the current A4 on sale. On the other hand, the new Q7 boasts of a new design language, with its fascia sporting a hexagonal single frame chrome grille and the cabin benefitting from a Virtual Cockpit instrument display, new touch controlled MMI system and Android Auto.
The Audi A4 will be offered in a host of engine options including the 1.4-litre TFSI, 1.8-litre TFSI, 2.0-litre TFSI, 3.0-litre TFSI, all in the petrol line-up, while the 1.6-litre TDI, 2.0-litre TDI and the 3.0-litre TDI on the diesel front. An AWD system via Quattro and a new nine-speed automatic gearbox might be introduced.
The Audi Q7 is expected to be powered by the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine churning out 272bhp of power and 600Nm of torque. Transmission options might include an eight-speed automatic gearbox with power being sent to all four wheels through the Audi Quattro AWD technology.
Audi has gone on a spree of launching new models in India. They recently launched the Q3 facelift, TT, RS6 etc. and will introduce more models to the Indian market. The Audi A4 and Q7 are a part of this launch strategy and might be launched in our country by the end of this year.