Special editions: The types you should buy, and the ones you should avoid

As if choosing the right model/variant wasn’t a daunting task in itself, the inclusion of special edition variants can make car buyer a tad more difficult than usual. To take care of that, we try to understand which of the special editions should be considered, and which ones should be skipped. Here’s the brief list:

Mechanical Upgrades

Toyota-Etios-Liva-TRD-Sportivo-Limited-Edition-Blue

We say: Shouldn’t be missed

Why?

Well, to start with, if a company has decided to offer anything that’s more than skin deep, then it just shows that they are serious. Bigger wheels, better suspension, and a more powerful engine are some of the plus points. Since they are based on an existing car, finding parts at a later stage is unlikely to be difficult. Also, these special versions hold their value better in the used car market.

Look at the Toyota Liva TRD Sportivo for instance. While no longer on sale, apart from the tasteful aesthetic upgrades, the car also offered a larger 1.5-liter petrol engine. That made it more fun to drive than any other version of the car on sale.

Same goes for the Fiesta 1.6S. The slightly souped up sedan came with a better suspension and a bodykit. It was clearly a driver’s favourite.

Limited editions

Lap 47's Maruti Zen Steel 1.6 6

We say: Should be considered

Why?

Apart from the obvious exclusivity, there’s a good chance that the limited editions have something special to offer. For instance, the Launch Editions by Mercedes Benz are generally cars imported as CBUs and have most options ticked — something that might not be available when the regular production starts locally.

Another example is that of the three-door Zen Carbon and Steel. MSIL did enthusiasts a huge favour by bringing the car to India. With a total of 500 units (250 of the Steel and 250 of the Carbon), the car remains very much in demand today, too. Also, given that justifying a series production for the special version of the hatchback would have been difficult, it’s easier this way, isn’t it.

Intermediate variants

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

We say: Great for car buyers

Why?

By intermediate variants, we mean the special versions that are positioned right between two already existing versions/trims of current cars. So by doing so carmakers offer a more extensive feature list but without necessarily charging heavily for the features. That ensures you, as a buyer, get a better deal.

For instance, introduced late last year, the S-Cross Premia special edition brought features like rear parking assist, a navigation system, alloy wheels, and fog lamps. All of it at a price lower than that of the second variant, which misses out on the mentioned features.