The popularity of sedans in the Indian car market might have taken a hit in recent years. However, the launches of newer sedans like the Honda City Hybrid, the all-new Hyundai Verna, Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus in a single year proves that the sedan segment is not dead in India. With decent enough takers still giving the sedan segment a push in the country, carmakers are also gaining confidence to invest enough in sedans for the near future. Following are some of the sedans which are confirmed to arrive in the Indian car market this year, and keep the enthusiasm around the sedans alive:
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
On the sidelines of the all-new fourth-generation Swift, Maruti Suzuki is also readying the all-new fourth-generation version of the Dzire compact sedan. Like the current third-gen version, the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will share its platform and engine option with the Swift but will get an entirely different top hot with a reworked design and a new-age interior cabin. The new Dzire will share its new-generation 1.2-litre Z-Series three-cylinder petrol engine, with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT gearbox choices.
The next offering planned by Citroen for the Indian car market is the unique-looking C3X sedan, which will feature a blend of a crossover and a traditional sedan in its design. While the Citroen C3X will have the conventional three-box design of a sedan, it will have rugged design elements all around and a high ground clearance like a modern crossover. It will share its platform and the 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which also powers the C3 hatchback and C3 Aircross SUV, and is expected to get more comfort and convenience features.
Skoda has heavily-revised the Superb flagship sedan with a redone exterior and extensively reworked cabin with new-age features, which make the fourth-generation version even more premium and luxurious than before. Given the significance and decent demand for the Skoda Superb in the Indian car market, this new fourth-generation Superb will also hit the Indian shores, though through the CBU route like the Skoda Kodiaq SUV. Like before, it will continue to be on sale with a combination of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Skoda Octavia RS
The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia has been discontinued after a short stint in the Indian car market, but the sedan will be re-introduced in the country in its range-topping RS version. Already a popular sub-brand among driving enthusiasts, the Skoda Octavia RS will be a pure petrol-electric plug-in hybrid car this time. The powertrain will be a combination of a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and an 85kW electric motor, claiming a combined power output of 245 PS, and like the Superb, it will also come to India via the CBU route.