Snapshot: The major launch action in 2014 will be concentrated in the compact sedan and hatchback space. However, the C-Segment sedan space will see a fair share of new launches in terms of facelifts and upgrades. C-segment sedans, with their superior fit and finish, and equipment levels are major signs of one “having arrived in life”. If you’re contemplating buying a C-Segment sedan, CarToq’s profile of five major launches in this space is tailor made for you.
Fiat Linea Facelift
The Linea Facelift is just around the corner, March 5th to be precise. The C-Segment car’s facelifted model tinkers on the outgoing model’s looks and interiors while adding a couple of new features in terms of equipment. The facelifted Linea will motor on with the 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol and 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engines while the five speed manual gearboxes will be carried forward unchanged. The car retains its tank-like build quality, and impeccable ride and handling credentials. Click here to read more about the specifications and variants of the 2014 Linea Facelift.
Ford Fiesta Facelift
Ford dropped prices of the Classic entry level C-Segment sedan, immediately catching our attention. With the facelifted Fiesta spotted testing in India, it is just a matter of time before the car is launched here. Expect the Fiesta Facelift to bow in during the second half of the year. The car’s engine (1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol and TDCI diesel) and transmission options may continue unchanged but Ford might give the car a small price cut to make it more attractive to buyers. Notably, initial optimistic pricing killed the market for the Fiesta in India. Ford’s price cut for the Classic sedan seems like a move to make space for a lower priced Fiesta Facelift.
Nissan Sunny Facelift
After a fabulous start, the spacious Nissan Sunny has ceded ground to rivals. Nissan will look for redemption of some kind with the facelifted version of the Sunny sedan. Like the Micra Facelift, the Sunny Facelift is likely to adopt more aggressive lines up front. The car’s mechanicals will remain unchanged with the 1.5 liter petrol and K9K turbo diesel engines continuing to do duty. As the Sunny’s spacious back seat is a major draw among the chauffeured set, expect Nissan to come up with an added impetus for the cabbie market. With the Japanese car maker assuming greater control over its Indian operation by booting out Hover Automotive, the Sunny Facelift’s success in the cab sector is likely as Nissan focuses on boosting sales through a series of measures.
Volkswagen Vento Facelift
The facelifted Volkswagen Vento will be launched by the end of this year with its German maker continuing to focus on upgrades and facelifts for the Indian car market. While all-new products from Volkswagen will take a couple of years to materialize, the Vento Facelift, along with similarly upgraded models will keep the numbers ticking for the German automaker. Minor upgrades to the front end, as was seen on the international Polo Facelift, and new, downsized (1.4 liter-3 cylinder) diesel engine options are a few changes that the facelifted Vento is likely to see.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The Ciaz will be Maruti Suzuki’s latest stab at the C-Segment space, a segment that it has been unable to crack with multiple cars such as the Baleno and SX4 not living up to the car maker’s lofty sales expectations. Seemingly inspired by the Kizashi, the Ciaz comes with bold yet sleek styling lines. Based on the Ertiga platform, the Ciaz will share bit of parts with the MPV. This sharing will give Maruti Suzuki the leverage to aim at sharp pricing for its latest sedan. The Ciaz is due in late-2014 and clock here for all you need to know about the new sedan.