Reports in media are rife about Audi planning to launch its second-generation A1 Sportback in India. The model underpins MQB A0 platform and made its Europe debut earlier this month. Audi had earlier hinted at bringing models below A3 and Q3 to the Indian market. It is believed the company was referring to the A1 Sportback and Audi Q2 models. At the recent Audi Q5 petrol launch, the company officials said India was not ready for A1 earlier, though the company feels the market is now ready for the model.
According to current reforms, four wheelers priced above $40,000 which equates to RS 27.46 lakh with an engine capacity of more than 3000 cc, (petrol)/2,500 cc (diesel) can be imported to India without homologation. In a bid to ease imports, the government is contemplating removing the price and engine capacity restrictions that will allow carmakers or their agents to import 2,500 units without homologation in a yearly. This would allow Audi and other car giants to bring in a number of vehicles to India. As for Audi, it could get a bunch of vehicles including the all-new Audi A1 Sportback.
The carmaker will launch the A1 Sportback in European market by the end of this year, as for India, it could be launched sometime next year. Bullish on the Indian market, Audi also plans to launch the recently revealed A4 facelift here sometime early next year.