The facelifted Honda City has already been launched in Thailand, and will be launched in India next month. The car gets a fresher design and new features such as LED DRLs, Android Auto, all-new infotainment system and more. To keep up with the new Honda City, competitors such as Maruti, Hyundai and Toyota will launch new cars. Here are five new sedans that will rival the new Honda City soon.
Toyota is already leading in the higher-end segments of the Indian market, but they have a huge gap in the portfolio. The company does not have a mid-size sedan in India. Toyota will soon bridge the gap with the launch of the Vios, which the company will soon bring to India. Toyota launched the new-generation Vios in Thailand, and the same car will be launched in India in coming few months.
The new Vios looks aggressive with newly designed grille with, sleeker projector headlamps with chrome accents, vertical LED daytime running lamps and a larger air dam with fog lights. The car is powered by a 1.5-litre dual VVT-i petrol engine that id good for 106.5 BHP-140 Nm torque but the Indian model will also get the 1.4-litre diesel engine that powers the Etios sedan.
The Maruti Ciaz has turned out be a very successful model for the company. Especially after the launch of the hybrid version, it became the best-selling vehicle in the segment. Now, Maruti is readying the facelift of the Ciaz, and the updated Ciaz will be sold through the Nexa dealership network of Maruti.
The new car will also get a more powerful 1.6-litre engine diesel engine that also powers the S-Cross 320. The 1.6-litre engine produces a maximum of 118 BHP-320 Nm. There will be the existing engine options in the form of 1.3-litre diesel 89 BHP-200 Nm and 1.4-litre petrol with 91 BHP – 130 Nm. The new model will be launched in April in India.
Hyundai will launch the all-new Verna in India later this year. The Verna was once the top-selling product in the segment, but the stiffer competition forced the car to go down the sales chart. Hyundai is preparing up the new Verna that will come with hybrid technology, just like Ciaz.
The new hybrid technology will help with the Verna to get the FAME benefits and hence, the car may get a price cut. We are yet not sure about the engines it will come with, but the car will be the first hybrid from Hyundai in India. The new Verna will be much more fuel efficient and may be cheaper than the current model too.
Fiat Linea / Aegea
Fiat launched the Aegea, which replaced the Linea in the international markets in 2015. The car will also replace the Linea in India and Fiat is contemplating on launching the new vehicle by the end of 2017. The new model looks fresher and gets a futuristic looking grille.
The Aegea is marginally smaller than the current Linea and measures 4.5 metres in length, 1.78 metres in width and 1.45 metres in height. The car will be powered by 1.3-litre Multijet II diesel engine along with the 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine. Fiat may retain the Linea name in India and rename the Aegea for the Indian market.
Volkswagen has been working on Vento facelift. The new Vento that has been spied testing in India gets LED headlamps, similar to the elder sibling, Jetta. The Vento looks much more premium than the rivals in the segment. The new car also gets 10 spoke alloy wheels, painted in black colour. Everything else in the car remains same.
Mechanically, the Vento facelift may receive 1.5-litre engine that also powers the Ameo diesel. The 110 BHP diesel engine will get a bigger turbo. There will be an optional DSG unit with 5-speed manual transmission as standard. The petrol engine will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit and may offer DSG.