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 breathe life back into the Verna with an all-new model. Other notable inclusions are the launch of the all-new Essentia compact sedan from Chevrolet and a few more.
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 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
Also read: New Audi A5, S5 image gallery
In 2017, the Honda City gets a new rival in the Toyota Vios. Sharing its styling with the bigger Corolla Altis, it’s a more exciting-looking car than the Etios. Its spacious interior is an upmarket affair and comes with features like climate control, steering-mounted audio controls, and a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. Safety too will be a highlight on the Vios, with ABS, ESP and airbags likely to be standard fitment. It will get retuned versions of the Etios’s 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine.
Coming: Mid 2017
Price: Rs 8-10 lakh
Engines: 1.5 P, 1.4 D
Also read: 2017 Toyota Vios revealed
New Volkswagen Passat
The Passat will return to India in an all-new avatar and will get a plug-in hybrid variant in the Passat GTE. Unlike its rivals, the Camry and Accord hybrids, it can be either charged via a regular power socket, or by its 156hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol motor. This powertrain produces a combined 218hp and 400Nm, which makes this sedan quite fleet-footed. For short trips, though, its claimed electric range of 50km alone should serve you well. VW will initially import a small batch of GTEs, likely to cost a lofty Rs 40 lakh apiece. It will be launched with a 1.8-litre petrol and hybrid powertrain, and will get 2.0-litre diesel-powered variants later.
Price: Rs 30-40 lakh
Engines: 1.8 P, 1.4 P + electric, 2.0 D
Also read: New Volkswagen Passat spied in India
New Hyundai Verna
To up its game against the Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai will replace its long-in-the tooth Verna with a new one. It shares the Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy and the big hexagonal grille with the Elantra. It’s longer, wider, and a bit lower, but expect it to be more spacious overall. The interior features a touchscreen on the neatly laid-out centre console, steering-mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth connectivity, climate control and push-button start. Higher variants are even likely to come with bigger alloy wheels and a sunroof. While the Verna is expected to continue with the current car’s 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, it will get Hyundai’s mild-hybrid system, which is similar to the SHVS system offered in the Maruti Ciaz.
Coming: Late 2017
Price: Rs 8-10 lakh
Engines: 1.4 P, 1.6 P, 1.4 D, 1.6 D
Also read: New Hyundai Verna image gallery
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
Also read: 2017 Audi A8 tipped to use next-gen digital cockpit tech
New BMW 5-Series
The next 5-series is one of many all-new models that its segment will soon witness. It 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: Mid 2017
Price: Rs 55-65 lakh
Engines: 2.0 P, 2.0 D, 3.0 D
Also read: 2017 BMW 5-series review
New Chevrolet Cruze
The upcoming Chevy Cruze is going to be a quantum leap over the current model in every way. For a start, its aggressive styling, swept-back coupé-like silhouette and large 17-inch alloys (likely for the India-bound model) make it quite the stunner. While it’s lighter, hence more frugal, Chevrolet has also made it larger, which means the interior is more spacious. Space aside, the low-set cabin is quite upmarket and uses high-quality materials. Fully loaded variants are likely to get features like a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 4G compatibility, in-car Wi-Fi Hotspot connectivity, wireless phone charging and heated leather seats. The current car’s 166hp 2.0-litre diesel engine is likely to be replaced by a slightly less powerful, but more efficient 1.6-litre turbo-diesel. Also, with petrol cars back in vogue, a 155hp, 1.4-litre, direct-injection turbo-petrol is also likely to be introduced here.
Coming: End 2017
Price: Rs 12-15 lakh
Engines: 1.4 P, 1.6 D
Also read: New Chevrolet Cruze photo gallery
With the uncertainty looming over diesel cars, and the government slowly warming up to hybrids, Hyundai plans to bring in its eco-friendly Ioniq to India. Aimed squarely at Toyota’s popular Prius (also coming back to India in a new avatar), the Ioniq for international markets is available with three powertrains – an all-electric, a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Of these, the latter is being considered for India. This means you can use a regular power outlet to charge the car’s batteries, and if your commutes aren’t too long (the plug-in has a pure-electric range of 50km), you could skip visits to the fuel station altogether. For long-distance trips, there’s a 105hp 1.6-litre petrol, coupled with a six-speed dual-clutch auto, which works in conjunction with the electric motor. To enhance efficiency, it features a super-slippery exterior and aero-efficient wheels that help it cut through the air better. However, how much headway it makes into the finicky Indian car buyer’s list remains to be seen.
Coming: Early 2018
Price: Rs 45-50 lakh
Engine: 1.6 + electric
Also read: Hyundai Ioniq photo gallery