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
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
Issue: 210 | Autocar India: February 2017
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