Snapshot: The compact sedan space in India is expanding at a furious pace. Nissan India is the latest car maker to have evinced interest in this fast growing segment of cars. While not putting an exact time frame on the Nissan compact sedan, Mr. Toru Hasegawa, a corporate vice president at the Japanese automaker’s West Asian, Indian and African operations, has noted that Nissan would want to have a big presence in both the compact sedan and compact SUV space by 2016-17.
Talk of a sub-4 meter Nissan compact sedan isn’t new. The first buzz around such a product emerged last year, with the Nissan Micra platform being touted to form the base for the new compact sedan from the Japanese car maker. Considering that the V-Platform, on which the Micra is based, already hosts a sedan in the form of a Sunny, adding a compact sedan to the mix doesn’t sound far fetched.
With the Indian car market in focus, expect Nissan’s compact sedan to be offered with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The 1.5 liter K9K motor, a tried and tested unit that finds application in a wide range of Renault and Nissan cars, comes first into mind. The petrol engine will be unit that displaces under 1.2 liters. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are likely to be in the mix as well.
Watch CarToq’s walkaround video of the latest compact sedan for India, the Ford Figo Concept.
The compact sedan category has seen new entrants this year. Tata Motors kicked off proceedings with the sub-4 meter Manza, known as the Zest compact sedan. Ford India showcased the Figo concept, a compact sedan that is based on the next-generation 2015 Figo platform and that will go into production during 2015. Hyundai India unveiled the Xcent compact sedan, a replacement to the Accent. The Xcent is based on the Grand i10 platform and is essentially a booted version of the Grand i10 hatchback. The car will go on sale shortly.