Audi India has introduced a new nomenclature with the launch of the A3 Sedan. This new naming system refers to a two-digit number based on the company’s own formula instead of the displacement of the engine. As an example, the model equipped with a 2.0 TDI engine will wear the 35 TDI badge whereas the 1.8 TSI variant is going to be called 40 TFSI. A different moniker will be used on two cars that have the same engine but with different power outputs.
The Chinese variant of the Audi A3 Sedan with the 2.0-liter gasoline engine is called 35 TFSI when the motor develops 178 bhp but in the 208 bhp variant the car wears the 40 TFSI name. Up until now, both cars were commercialized with the 2.0 TFSI nameplate.
India and China are not the only areas which make use of Audi’s rather confusing new naming system as the vehicles commercialized in the Middle East use the same nomenclature formula and Audi has already confirmed the system will be implemented in more regions in the near future. According to Indian Autos Blog, the next model after A3 to receive the renaming will be the flagship A8 model.
In India, the Audi A3 Sedan is scheduled to go on sale sometime in August.