2017 is all set for the appearance of some spectacular sedans. BMW is set to bring in the new 5 series; Volkswagen, the Passat, 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.
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.
Price: Rs 4.5-7 lakh
Engine: 1.0 P, 1.0 D
Also read: Chevrolet Beat Essentia: What to expect
New Porsche Panamera
With the new Panamera, Porsche will once again challenge luxury sedans like the new BMW 7-series and the Audi A8. Despite being bigger than its predecessor, its aluminium-heavy modular framework makes it lighter. Also, the Panamera now sports more athletic stance than the humpbacked looks of the last car. The tech-laden interior comes with a touch-sensitive centre console, two hi-res 7.0-inch displays in the instrument binnacle, and also a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. And with the cabin detailed in rich leather and wood trim, it’s got luxury chops as well. India will initially get the 550hp 4.0-litre petrol-powered Panamera Turbo, followed by a long wheelbase iteration of the same badged the Panamera Executive Turbo. More petrol and diesel variants will join the line-up before the year end.
Coming: March 2017
Price: Rs 2 crore
Engines: 4.0 P
Also read: New Porsche Panamera India launch in March 2017
Lexus ES 300h
If you are looking for a big luxury car that will mostly be chauffeur-driven, the ES300h, Lexus’ entry ticket into India, is a must have in your list of probables. The ‘h’ in the name stands for the car’s hybrid powertrain – a 2.5-litre petrol paired with an electric motor. It will take on the VW Passat and the Honda Accord hybrids, and like its rivals, the first few models will be CBU imports. However, it shares its hardware with the Toyota Camry –making it easy to build locally – and so, ES300h is likely to be the first Lexus to be assembled in India.
Coming: March 2017
Price: Rs 45 lakh
Engine: 2.5 P + electric
Also read: Lexus India launch on March 24, 2017
Audi A3 facelift
Audi’s nippy junior sedan is soon to receive a nip and tuck. Updates to the car include sportier bumpers, a bigger hexagonal grille, and new A4-like headlamps that can be opted with Audi’s Matrix LED technology. The options list is also likely to include paddle shifters for the new flat-bottom steering and the all-digital Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. The biggest change will, however, be under the hood – the smaller 1.4-litre TFSI petrol from the new A4 will replace the current car’s 1.8-litre petrol unit.
Price: Rs 25-30 lakh
Engines: 1.4 P, 2.0 D
Also read: Audi A3 facelift review
Tata’s upcoming compact sedan, the Tigor, is based on the Tiago, and will be showroom-ready by the end of 2016. Nearly identical to the small hatchback up to the B-pillar, the compact sedan features a ‘fast’, coupé-like roofline that terminates in a stubby, yet well-proportioned boot. The silhouette has also allowed the designers to give the sedan a bigger rear door, which should make access to the back seats easier.
The big news on the Tigor though, is its 420-litre boot, which is more commodious than what you get on more expensive compact sedans like the Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze, and even its bigger sibling, the Tata Zest.
The Tigor will take on the Chevrolet Essentia and will replace the Indigo eCS upon its arrival. Besides the three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol and 1.05-litre diesel engines, and a possible AMT gearbox, the Kite 5 will also share its interior with the Tiago.
Coming: Mid 2017
Price: Rs 4-6.5 lakh
Engines: 1.2 P, 1.05 D
Also read: Tata Tigor compact sedan teased
Issue: 212 | Autocar India: April 2017
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