Upcoming sedan launches!

Come 2012 there will be a slew of sedan launches in India, especially in the entry level segment. So we at CarToq decided to make a comprehensive list of sedans set to hit the roads next year.

Honda City facelift: January 2012

Looks: The facelifted version of the Honda City is an evolutionary design with no dramatic changes. The front grille will be chrome plated while the side profile of the City will get chrome-coated door handles, door mirrors with integrated turn indicators and new alloy wheels. At the rear it will feature refurbished tail lamps which get two horizontal slats for the rear fog lamp and turn indicators.

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Photo: The new City will have no dramatic changes but will look slightly different in terms of design

Performance: Expect no change in the engine specifications. The City facelift will be powered by the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC motor that makes 117 bhp of maximum power and 146 Nm of torque. It will come with a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual transmission depending on the variant.

Mileage: The City facelift is expected to have a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.70 kmpl which is same as that of the present model.

Driving aids: The facelifted Honda City will carry a new feature called ‘Eco-meter’ that is already found in the recently launched Honda Brio. The Eco lamp will glow when the car is driven in optimal gears and the driver is gentle with the acceleration pedal.

Variants and price details: Earlier, CarToq spoke to dealers who expect a slight increase in the price for the City facelift version but it is not clear as to how much the hike will be. At present, the Honda City is offered at Rs. 7.49 lakh for the base variant (E MT), Rs. 8.19 lakh for the mid variant (S MT), Rs. 8.64 lakh for the top-end variant (V MT) and Rs. 9.37 lakh for the automatic variant.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze: December 2011

Looks: Expect minimal or no changes on the exterior of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. However, the new model will come with minor interior upgrades including redesigned rear passenger seats for improved headroom.

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Photo: The new Cruze will come with minor interior upgrades

Performance: The 2012 Cruze will be powered by GM’s Z series, 2.0 litre, DOHC, common-rail diesel motor that produces 163 bhp (presently it is 148 bhp) of maximum power and more torque.

Mileage: The new Cruze may have a slightly lower mileage than the present model which has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.30 kmpl for the manual variant and 14.39 kmpl for the automatic variant.

Convenient features: The new Cruze is expected to carry forward all the features found in the present model such as steering-mounted audio controls, cruise control, sun-roof, puddle lamps and rain-sensing wipers.

Variant and price details: Expect the 2012 Cruze to be offered in three variants namely the 2.0 LT, 2.0 LTZ MT and the 2.0 LTZ AT. The price of the new Cruze may be slightly more than the present model which is priced in the range of Rs. 12 – 14.44 lakh.

New Hyundai Sonata – March 2012

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Photo: The upcoming Sonata is expected to have comfort features such as automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers etc

Looks: The all new Sonata (known as i45 in other countries) boasts the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language evident from the smooth flowing lines. The rear-view mirrors also have LED turn-indicators. The rear of the Sonata has wide tail lamps and a sculpted boot lid. Clearly, the Sonata will be one of the best looking cars from Hyundai in its Indian product portfolio.

Performance: For the India-bound Sonata, Hyundai may use a 2.4 litre petrol engine that produces 198 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. The car will either sport a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.  Hyundai may consider launching the 2.2 litre diesel engine that produces 197 bhp of power and 420 Nm of torque.

Mileage: Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency figure of 12.6 kmpl (in international markets) for the petrol version while the diesel version can be expected to have a fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl.

Comfort features: The upcoming Sonata is expected to have comfort features such as automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers,  electronically operated rear-view mirrors with LED turn-indicators, reverse park assist with ultrasonic sensors, climate control system, push button start, steering mounted audio controls et al. It will even sport dual gauges and a fluorescent instrument console display along with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a multi-function trip meter.

Variants and price details: Expect the new Sonata to come in three variants; a petrol manual, a petrol automatic and a diesel automatic. When launched, the i45 will be the third model (after i10 and i20) in Hyundai’s i-series in India with a price tag of roughly Rs. 15 -18 lakh.

Tata Manza CS – April 2012

Looks: The Manza CS (Compact Sedan) will look identical to the present Manza with the boot shortened to meet the small car norms (below 4 meter length). The interior of the Manza CS is expected to carry over the same upholstery and dashboard as the present model.

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Photo: This is Manza sedan the Manza CS will look the same apart from the boot

Performance: Presently, the Manza is powered by a 1368 cc Saffire90 petrol engine and a 1248 cc Quadrajet90 diesel engine that both make 89 bhp of peak power. Expect the Manza CS to be powered by a 1.2 litre Safire 65 petrol motor. Tata Motors may also mull over introducing the 71 bhp, 1.4 litre CR4 common rail diesel motor in the Manza CS which currently powers the Indigo CS.

Mileage: Expect the Manza CS to return a mileage of around 22 kmpl for the diesel variant and around 17 kmpl for the petrol variant.

Convenient Features: The Manza CS is expected to come loaded with all the convenient features offered in the Manza such as Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary input, two DIN music system that can play AM, FM, MP3 and CD with four speakers and tweeters and electrically adjustable ORVM, remote fuel lid opener, remote boot opener, remote locking and multi information display that includes a digital clock, distance to empty and ambient temperature indicator.

Variants and price details: The Manza CS will likely come in variants such as LS, LX and VX (similar to variants of Indigo CS). The price of Manza CS is expected to be in the range of Rs. 4.5 – 6 lakh or roughly Rs. 40,000 less than the Manza.

Mahindra Verito CS – April 2012

Looks: The Verito CS will look identical to the Verito sedan except for the boot. The Verito CS will have a length below four meters in order to gain the excise duty sops small cars enjoy. The interiors of the Verito CS will likely be similar to the Verito sedan.

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Photo: The Verito CS will lose the boot long boot to enjoy tax rebates

Performance: The Verito compact sedan will likely be powered by a 1.5 litre dCI engine that churns out 65 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque.

Mileage: As per ARAI ratings, the present Verito diesel sedan has a fuel economy of 21.03 km/litre and we can expect a similar figure from the compact sedan.

Safety features: The Verito CS is expected to be equipped with safety features like a ABS and EBD,  driver side airbag, headlamp leveling device, a collapsible steering column, adjustable head restraints and front seat belts, an anti-theft system, front disc brakes and a day-night rear view mirror.

Variants and price details: The Verito compact sedan will likely be offered in three trim levels D2, D4 and D6 similar to the Verito sedan. The price of the Verito CS is expected to be in the range of Rs. 5.50 – 6.50 lakh or in other words, roughly Rs. 40,000 less than the Verito.

2012 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – January 2012

Looks: The new Dzire will resemble the new Swift on which it is based. The 2012 Dzire will have its length less than four metres to qualify the government’s small car norms. On the inside, expect the upcoming Dzire to come with dashboard and upholstery similar to the new Swift.

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Photo: The new Dzire will resemble the new Swift on which it is based

Performance: The compact Dzire is likely be fitted with 90 bhp petrol and 90 bhp diesel engines. While the 90 bhp petrol could be based on the Swift’s 1.2 K-series engine, the diesel motor (DDiS) could be sourced from Fiat. Fiat already has a 90 bhp Multijet diesel that powers the Punto. This engine may likely be used by Maruti Suzuki in the Dzire compact sedan.

Mileage: The mileage of the Dzire compact will be in line with that of the Swift. The ARAI-certified mileage figure of the Swift petrol is 18.6 kmpl and that of Swift diesel is 22.9 kmpl.

Safety and comfort features: The upcoming Dzire will likely have similar comfort features as the Swift such as steering-wheel mounted audio controls, CD player, speed based auto volume control, Aux-in, USB sockets, four-speakers and two tweeters. Expect safety features such as dual airbags and ABS (Anti-braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) in the top-end version of the Dzire compact.

Variant and price details: We expect the new Dzire to be offered in same trim levels as the new Swift consisting of LXI, VXI and ZXI for the petrol variants and LDI, VDI and ZDI for the diesel variants. The Dzire compact version (with less than 4 meters in length) is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 5 – 7 lakh.

2012 Honda Civic – June 2012

Looks: The new Civic has sharp lines, which are reminiscent of the older variants but not lacks the futuristic looks of the present model. The redesigned front grille and headlamp cluster are similar to what we have seen on the Honda City while the rear brake lights hug the reverse parking lights beautifully. Overall, the new Civic design is more elegant but slightly conservative.

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Photo: The new Civic has sharp lines giving it a futuristic look

Performance: The 2012 Honda Civic will be powered by a 1.8-litre i-Vtec engine that produces 140 hp of peak power, which is about 10 hp more than the present Civic 1.8-litre motor. The engine will be mated to 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox depending on the variant. Expect the performance of the new Civic to be better than the existing model.

Mileage: the new Civic will likely have a slightly better fuel economy than that of the present model which has ARAI-certified mileage of 14.8 kmpl for the manual version and 13.9 kmpl for the automatic version.

Safety features: The 2012 Civic is expected to come with safety features like ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist and stability control. It will also get traction control, ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, rear center 3-point belt, front seatbelt pretensioners and tire pressure monitoring system.

Variants and price details: The 2012 Civic may be offered in three trim levels, a base manual variant, a top-end manual variant and a top-end automatic variant. The price of the upcoming Civic will likely be significantly more than the present model which has a price range of Rs.12.21 – 13.96 lakh.