New cars for 2017: Upcoming sedans

Here is an exhaustive list of all the new sedans due to be launched over the course of the year.

2017 is all set for the appearance of some spectacular sedans. Mercedes is set to bring in the new E-class; BMW, the new 5 series, while Hyundai is set to breath life back into the Verna with an all-new model. Other notable inclusions include the launch of the all-new Essentia compact sedan from Chevrolet and Tata’s highly anticipated Tigor compact sedan.

Here is the longlist of sedans expected in the coming months.


New Mercedes-Benz E-class

With Mercedes streamlining the design language of its entire sedan range, it could be a bit of a task to tell the all-new E-class from the C-class and the S-class. It’s even built using the same set of mechanical bits as the other two. As a result though, it’s lighter, despite being bigger than the current model it will replace. The highlight of the new E-class is the fact that it will debut tech such as automatic evasive steering, automated parking and a host of driver aids even before they make it into the S-class. Its interior design too mirrors that of the larger S-class on higher variants. While the car internationally gets two 12.3-inch TFT displays placed side by side – one for the instrument cluster and the second for the COMAND infotainment system – the India car will get standard dials in the instrument cluster. The car will carry over the current car’s 2.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines, with more advanced 2.0- and 3.0-litre in-line diesel-powered units arriving later. More importantly, India will get the long-wheel-base models only.

Coming: February 28, 2017
Price: Rs 55- 70 lakh
Engines: 2.0 P, 3.0 D

Also read: India-spec 2017 Mercedes E-class LWB details revealed

Chevrolet Essentia

Following Volkswagen’s Ameo, it’s Chevrolet that’s now going the made-in-India, make-for-India way with the Essentia. It’s a sub-four-metre compact sedan based on the next-gen Beat hatchback that will arrive in 2017. Positioned half a segment below compact sedans like the Swift Dzire, the Essentia will rival Tata’s upcoming Tiago-based compact sedan. However, despite its compact dimensions, the near production-ready concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo revealed how well Chevrolet managed to pull off the sedan shape. More importantly, it packs quite a spacious interior for its size. The carmaker also plans on giving the car a premium interior and upmarket features like its MyLink touchscreen infotainment system.
Besides the underpinnings, the sedan will also share the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with the Beat hatchback.

Coming: March 2017
Price: Rs 4.5-7 lakh
Engine: 1.0 P, 1.0 D

Also read: Chevrolet Beat Essentia: What to expect

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