The coming year has it 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 Honda is set to give its bestseller, the City, a much anticipated facelift. Other notable inclusions include the launch of the all-new Essentia compact sedan from Chevrolet and Tata’s highly anticipated Kite 5 compact sedan.
Here is the longlist of sedans expected in the coming months.
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
New Audi A8
Audi’s next-gen A8 is likely to raise the bar in the big luxury sedan game, especially in terms of looks and tech. It takes much of its low-slung styling from the futuristic Prologue concept, and futuristic really seems to be the theme on the car. The interior features a virtual dashboard with all functions controlled via three highly configurable screens – a digital instrument cluster, a 14.1-inch central touchscreen and a smaller unit for the air-con controls. Engine options are likely to include 4.0-litre V8 and 6.3-litre petrols, a 3.0-litre diesel, a more potent 4.0-litre V8 diesel with the electric supercharging tech from the SQ7, and even a hybrid powertrain. India could even get a 190hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in entry-level variants.
Coming: Late 2017
Price: Rs 1.2-2 crore
Engines: 3.0 P, 3.0 D, 4.0 P, 4.0 D
New BMW 5-Series
The next 5-series is one of many all-new models that its segment will soon witness. It’s features an aluminium-intensive construction akin to the new 7-series, making it as much as 100kg lighter than the current 5, and hence more fuel-efficient. It’s marginally longer, wider and taller too, and much of the freed-up room has gone into making the rear seats more spacious. Besides making it more comfortable and luxurious, BMW has also brimmed the 5-series with autonomous driving aids like steering and lane control assist and crossroads warning, most of which unfortunately, won’t make it to the Indian car. However, we will get tech like the gesture-control and voice-command enabled iDrive infotainment system which is offered on the pricier 7-series.
Coming: Late 2017
Price: Rs 55-65 lakh
Engines: 2.0 P, 2.0 D, 3.0 D
New Audi S5 Sportback
If the new A4 is too buttoned up for you, Audi has something that might just hit the spot. Meet the second-generation S5 Sportback. It’s got all the appeal and practicality of the new A4 – a tech-loaded, superbly appointed and spacious interior, and a 480-litre boot – plus, it comes in a sexier four-door coupé body style. Under the hood, the current car’s 333hp, supercharged 3.0-litre V6 will be replaced by a more potent 354hp 3.0-litre turbo-petrol.
Coming: Mid 2017
Price: Rs 65 lakh
Engine: 3.0 P
Issue: 209 | Autocar India: January 2017
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