Sedans are slowly disappearing from the market as SUVs replace them. However, recently we have seen a lot of manufacturers launching new sedans in the Indian market. There was the Hyundai Aura, Honda City 2020, Tata Tigor, Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, Honda Civic etc. So, quite a few sedans were launched and made a comeback. In 2021, we will also be seeing quite a few launches from many manufacturers. Today, we list them down some of the sedans that we expect will get launched in 2021.
Skoda Octavia Facelift
Skoda Octavia will be the last executive sedan to get an update as all the others have already received a facelift. The facelift was supposed to get launch this year, but due to the pandemic, Skoda postponed it to next year. The new design looks elegant and modern. The new model has been spied being tested on the Indian roads without wearing any camouflage. The much bigger butterfly grille now is flanked by sleek new LED headlamps. It no longer gets horizontal split headlamp design that we have seen on the previous few generations. It gets new LED fog lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps and a sculpted bonnet for an aggressive look. The Octavia 2021 is 19mm longer and 15 mm wider than the current generation. However, the wheelbase of 2,677 mm has been retained from the previous generation.
Skoda has also updated the interior layout with a new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There will be a virtual cockpit, a new two-spoke steering wheel and Smartlink+ connected car technology that will show you various information about the vehicle. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 150 HP and a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 187 Nm. Both the engines should come mated to a 7-speed DSG Dual Clutch automatic gearbox. Skoda Octavia Facelift will be launching in mid-2021. It will be competing against the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra.
Skoda Rapid Replacement
Skoda rapid has been on sale for quite a long time in the Indian market without any major updates. Skoda will be launching an all-new model which will replace the Rapid. It is currently in development and is internally known as Skoda ANB. The new mid-size sedan will be based on the MQB AO IN platform which will also be shared by the upcoming Skoda Vision IN Concept. It will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 108 Bhp of max power and peak torque output of 175 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The new-sedan is expected to hit the Indian market by the end of 2021. It will be competing against the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Volkswagen Vento Replacement
The Vento is one of the oldest sedans that is still on sale in India. The design of the exterior and interior looks dated when compared to the competition. Volkswagen will soon be replacing the Vento with an all-new mid-size sedan. It is also expected to share the same platform and engines with the Skoda’s Rapid Replacement. So, it will be underpinned by MQB AO IN platform and will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine produces 110 HP of max power and 175 Nm. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Vento will be launching before Rapid. It will compete against the likes of Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Honda City
Tata Tigor Turbo
Tata will soon be launching the Altroz Turbo which will get a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. However, Altroz will be an expensive being a premium hatchback. So, for someone who wants performance with the practicality of a sedan, Tata will be launching Tigor Turbo. The sedan was also spied recently wearing some camouflage. While the design will not be changed drastically, there might be some decals or badging for differentiating the Turbo variant. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing around 110 PS of max power 140 Nm of peak torque. It will only be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Tata Tigor Turbo will be competing against the Hyundai Aura Turbo.
Renault will be entering the compact-sedan market with an all-new entry. The new sedan will take some design cues from the Renault Taliant which is a successor to the Renault Logan which was previously sold in India. It will be underpinned by the CMF-A+ platform. We have seen this platform on the Triber, recently launched Nissan Magnite and the upcoming Renault Kiger. It will be powered by the same engines that we have seen on the Nissan Magnite. So, the lower variants will be powered by a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 72 PS of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There will also be a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will produce 100 PS of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic gearbox. Renault sub-4 metre sedan will be competing against the Hyundai Aura, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor and the Honda Amaze.
Honda City Hybrid
Honda City is expected to hit the Indian market in its Hybrid avatar sometime in 2021. While the exterior and the interior of the City Hybrid will stay the same as the current City, the big difference will be in the mechanical department. The City Hybrid will use two electric motors and an internal combustion engine. One electric motor will be used to deliver power to the wheels while the other will be used to start the engine. The electric motors generate 109PS of max power and 253Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 98 PS of max power and 127 Nm of peak torque. The engine’s principal job is to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack that runs the electric motors. However, the engine can also be used to power the sedan in case it is needed. The whole system is mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. The new City Hybrid will be priced around Rs. 18 lakhs ex-showroom. Currently, there are no hybrid sedans or executive sedans available in India. So, the City Hybrid will be one of a kind and will have no direct competitor.