The Big market of small sedans
Modified On Oct 20, 2015 01:23 PM By Bala Subramaniam
We all know that hatchbacks take away the largest piece of India’s car market pie. They come in all shapes and sizes, lapped up eagerly by the public. But the compact sedans are silently building an empire right next to them with support coming both from the customers and manufacturers alike. With compact sedans, under 4-metres, carmakers are able to price them similar to big hatchbacks and selling the idea of a sedan at the price of a hatchback is easier to lure in the customers.
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While Tata Indigo started the trend and Maruti Suzuki Dzire proved to be successful, the sub-4-metre sedans came pouring in and looked pretty too. Honda Amaze, not only made compact sedans look good, but also brought the much needed diesel heart for Honda that we lapped right up. Hyundai Xcent followed the Grand i10 and proved again that the public loves the idea of compact sedans. Here we take a look at the upcoming compact sedans that will bring us a wider range of choice to pick from the platter.
Ford Figo Sedan
The car is already on sale in Brazil under the name Ford Ka+. Ford India may launch the car this year after the new gen Figo goes on sale. The Figo sedan on sale in Brazil is over 4 metres but Ford may redesign to bring it under 4 metres for better pricing. The Figo sedan along with the hatchback may be launched with a new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine along with a 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Tata Kite Sedan
While Tata has already launched a compact sedan with Zest, reports suggest that the company is also working on another model to replace the Indigo eCS. We have been seeing spy pictures of the new Kite hatchback and a new sedan will also be developed around it. The twins could get a new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine and a 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Chevrolet Beat Sedan
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Chevrolet has been struggling in India with poor sales. The Sail sedan and Sail-UVA hatch doesn’t revive the fortunes as the company hoped for. Their most popular and successful product, the Beat, is also facing strong competition. Rumours suggest that Chevrolet may also join the compact sedan race with a car based on the Beat. The engine lineup could be the same as the Beat with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.0-litre diesel engine combo.
Volkswagen Vento compact sedan
The new Volkswagen Polo has been recently given a new lease of life with a facelift and a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The German carmaker has also expressed their interest in the compact sedan segment and may launch a model in the form of a mini Vento to sit between Polo and Vento.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
One of the best selling cars in the country, Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the car that made Honda and Hyundai to launch their own compact sedans. The Dzire will be getting a facelift this year though in a mild dosage. The facelift will bring modest design upgrades in the form of new grille, new bumpers etc and some new features including push start/stop button.
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