The next four weeks will be exciting for new car buyers as three important car launches are lined up for this period. The first car to launch will be the Nissan Sunny (September 20th), the second will be Honda’s small car, Brio (September 27th) and the third will be the Skoda Rapid sedan set to launched on October 7th. Here’s what buyers can expect.

Nissan Sunny

Nissan India will launch the Sunny petrol sedan on September 20th 2011. The Sunny has a bold front grille and attractive wraparound headlights. The car’s roofline tapers towards the rear as it would in a two door coupe. The light shades brighten up things on the inside.

nissan sunny exterior front photo

The Sunny has borrowed many bits from the Micra such as the steering wheel and the chrome door handles. The rear-seat legroom of over 636-mm allows you to sit with your legs comfortably stretched even if the front seat is pushed back completely. The 490 litre boot with a low boot lip will help load and unload luggage with ease.

Engine

The Nissan Sunny is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol motor that produces 98 bhp of maximum power and 134 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The ARAI-certified fuel economy of the Sunny is 16.95 kmpl. Read more on the first impressions of the Nissan Sunny.

Price & Competition

The Sunny will likely be priced in the Rs. 6 – 8 lakh range, which lies between the entry-level sedan, Toyota Etios (Rs. 5.54 – 6.97 lakh) and the premium sedan, Hyundai Verna (Rs. 6.99 – 9.64 lakh).

Nissan Sunny will lock horns with Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki SX4, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Dzire and Toyota Etios. Read more about the Nissan Sunny here.

Honda Brio

The Brio launch is very important for Honda as the Japanese auto giant is competing with established cars in the sub – 5 lakh segment for the first time.

The Brio has been crafted to ensure a unique stance and has a stylish design. This little Honda is a very compact car, it measures 3.6 m x 1.68 m x 1.47 m (length x width x height), making it ideal for urban commuting.

honda brio blue photo

The Brio is surprisingly spacious on the inside despite its compact dimensions on the outside. The rear seats are spacious too with enough leg and head room for tall people; sadly it can only seat two occupants comfortably. Boot space of 175 litres is below average size for a car of its class.

Engine

The Brio is powered by 1.2-litre i-vtec engine (found in Jazz) that produces 87 bhp of power, 109 Nm of torque and mated to 5-speed manual transmission. The Brio has an edge over its rivals as it has the best power-to-weight ratio (95.13 bhp per tonne) in its class.   An ARAI-certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl makes the Brio as frugal as the new Maruti Swift (18.6 kmpl).

Price & Competition

The estimated price of the Brio starts from Rs. 4.3 lakh and to likely go up to Rs. 5 lakh. If the speculated base variant (without airbags & ABS) is indeed, launched, then the prices of Brio may start from below Rs. 4 lakh.

Honda Brio will take on the Maruti Suzuki Ritz, Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat and Maruti Suzuki A-Star. Read more about the Honda Brio here.

Skoda Rapid

Skoda will launch the Mission L-based sedan (yet to be named) on October 7th. The Skoda sedan will have design elements of the Mission L concept the company showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show couple of days ago.

skoda lauretta image

Test mules of the sedan indicate that it will also take design cues from the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Fabia. The interiors of the sedan are expected to be as spacious as the Volkswagen Vento, on which it is based and may also have rear AC vents.

Engine

The upcoming Skoda saloon will be powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines which also do duty in the Vento. The 1.6 litre petrol engine of Lauretta will put out 104 bhp of power and 153 Nm of torque. The engine will likely be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 1.6 litre diesel engine of the Lauretta will put out 104 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque and will likely be offered with only a 5-speed manual transmission.

Price & Competition

We can expect the Skoda sedan to be priced at roughly Rs. 6.5-7.5 lakh for the base variant and prices may go up to Rs. 11-12 lakh for the top end variant.

The car will compete with the Maruti Suzuki SX4, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Fiat Linea, new Ford Fiesta and its own cousin the Volkswagen Vento.

So are you likely to shortlist any of these cars for buying? Share your views!

16 replies

  1. Profile photo of Rahul Sonker
    Rahul Sonker answers:

    skoda rapid & Honda brio both are awesome cars….

  2. Profile photo of Shreyansh Gupta
    Shreyansh Gupta answers:

    keeping eyes on Skoda Rapid.

  3. Profile photo of Badal Jain
    Badal Jain answers:

    radid may set a bench mark…good engine..goodlooks…n dynamic design…

  4. Profile photo of Saurabh Aggarwal
    Saurabh Aggarwal answers:

    SKoda n Honda will take the lead…. cuz, sunny’s interiors are’nt up to the mark, n doesn’t feel as Premium as its Rivals…

  5. Profile photo of Vinil Mehta
    Vinil Mehta answers:

    yr skoda k koi c b car ni dekhti ab to:-(

  6. Profile photo of Shreyansh Gupta
    Shreyansh Gupta answers:

    @[100001815307587:2048:Vinil Mehta] bhai hosh mein to hai na………laura, superb dono apne segments mein most favourite cars hai……….aur fabia highest rated hatchback hai…….

  7. Profile photo of Arvind Nellutla
    Arvind Nellutla answers:

    looks like skoda Rapid is going to “rapidly” chang the market scenario!

  8. Profile photo of Charan Bhawnani
    Charan Bhawnani answers:

    A sensible car from Nissan, but I doubt it’s success, haven’t seen it in flesh but the pictures suggest that the Nissan Sunny looks very “Funny”.

  9. Profile photo of Hrishi Acharya
    Hrishi Acharya answers:

    WELL ITS GOOD TO SEE ALL NEW CARS WILL BE LAUNCHING VERY SOON IN THIS MONTH ITSELF. BUT NOT TO FORGET THE RECENT HIKE IN PETROL PRICES BY RS 3.15/. SO I THINK PETROL VEHICLES ARE ALREADY AFFECTING IN SALES AND CARS LIKE SUNNY, BRIO AND RAPID (PETROL) CAN AFFECT AS THESE VEHICLES ARE PETROL CARS…..WELL WE CAN EXPECT A GOOD SELL OF RAPID DIESEL IF THE MILEAGE IS GOOD AND IF IT IS CORRECTLY PRICED

  10. Profile photo of Majid Chaudhary
    Majid Chaudhary answers:

    want new Suvs (8-12 lakhs) to be launched…hardly any options..

  11. Profile photo of Nishant Sirohi
    Nishant Sirohi answers:

    now if only nissan can have more dealerships and I pray to lord that skoda and honda bringing down the service and spare costs.

  12. Profile photo of Nishant Sirohi
    Nishant Sirohi answers:

    and I badly want the renault duster with 6 lakh price tag.

  13. Profile photo of Bhawneet Singh
    Bhawneet Singh answers:

    ya well skoda sedan is a good one….it should be better if it’s cost would be somehow between 5 to 6 lakhs..

  14. Profile photo of PerShanufication Personified
    PerShanufication Personified answers:

    Honda Brio- Chevy Beat’s sis….

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