The upcoming year is bringing along with it a huge wave of new cars. The sedan segment will witness much more addition and editions next year. Even after the shift of trends towards crossovers and SUVs in India, the sedan segment is still irreplaceable. Listed here are few of the most anticipated sedan launches of 2017.
1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift: The Ciaz last received an update in 2015. The C-segment sedan is now expected to shift to Nexa next year with a mid-life facelift. The move to Nexa will add a premium touch to the Ciaz, as the sedan will face revamped competition in the form of Honda City facelift and the new Hyundai Verna, both of which are expected next year as well.
2. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire: The new-generation Swift Dzire will enter its third generation next year. The sub-four-metre sedan is expected to receive a newer platform, powerplant and features similar to the new Swift and will be making its way to India late next year.
3. Hyundai Verna: The 2017 Verna made its debut in China earlier this year. The Verna is now more than five years old after the introduction of the fluidic design in India. Expected to be launched next year, the new generation Verna will carry the same powertrain but will get refreshed looks to maintain its momentum in the C-segment.
4. Hyundai Xcent: After a midlife update to the Grand i10, Hyundai will shift focus on the Xcent to give the car a fresh breath of air and offer more choices to the Hyundai customers. The sub-four-metre sedan from the Korean carmaker witnessed steady sales throughout the year, and Hyundai wants to continue the same with new Xcent which is expected by August 2017.
5. Tata Kite 5: The newest product from Tata’s stable is the Kite 5 sedan. The sub-four-metre sedan is production ready and will slot below the Zest in Tata’s line-up. It will carry forward the powertrain and features from the Tiago, and is expected to hit the roads by March next year. Expect it to be priced competitively as well.
6. Honda City: Honda already teased the new City facelift in Thailand where it will be launched in January with the Indian debut will follow. The new City will carry the same mechanicals but will get new features like touchscreen infotainment system with Smartphone connectivity, LED lights with DRL and new body colours.
7. Toyota Altis: The Toyota Altis already received a facelift in some countries, and is expected to make its way onto Indian shores sometime next year. The Altis facelift will be sharper and come with a modern fascia with newly designed LEDs. Insides will receive soft touch material but the powertrain will be carried forward from the current generation car.
8. Volkswagen Vento: The Vento will receive a mid-cycle refreshment with a new fully LED headlamps and DRLs. The car will also receive a tweak under the hood with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Expect the car to receive new alloy wheels and a few nip and tuck as it will be launched sometime next year.
9. Volkswagen Passat GTE hybrid: After Toyota Camry and Honda Accord hybrids, the Volkswagen Passat GTE will make its debut in the hybrid embodiment in India. The car has been spotted on the Indian roads a few times now and will mark Volkswagen re-entry into the D-segment, though it is expected to be priced comparatively higher than its rivals.
10. Skoda Octavia Black Edition: The Octavia facelift was unveiled globally a few months back and will be launched in India next year. The engine might be upgraded from 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre with some cosmetic changes such as the split headlamps. The new Octavia will also receive a Black Edition later next year.
11. Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo: The Skoda Rapid facelift was launched just recently in India. The Monte Carlo Edition, which is expected next year, will be available in a special shade of red with blacked out headlamp and tail lamp insides, black grille finish, black bumper inserts, blackened ORVM and black alloys. Mechanicals will remain the same.
12. Chevrolet Essentia: The Essentia was showcased at 2016 Delhi Auto Expo and has been spotted on test on Indian roads. The compact sedan is based on the new-generation Beat and will rival the likes of the upcoming Tata Kite 5. The Essentia will have the same engine configuration as the Beat and is expected by end of the first quarter of 2017