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India-bound luxury sedans in 2018

December 29, 2017, 09:38 AM IST by Omkar Thakur
India-bound luxury sedans in 2018

The Indian luxury car market is one of the fastest growing ones in the world. No wonder that even car makers like Lamborghini are bringing their latest car to India within months of its global launch. While SUVs do get you the numbers, there is a huge market for the sedans as well. So here is a list of sedans that will most probably land in India in 2018. So if you want to get hold of one, this is one list you should go through.

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship sedan, the A8 has been around for almost a decade now in its various forms. Also, it is the only luxury sedan that offers you the unique W12 engine configuration which is, otherwise, reserved for the larger than life Bentleys. The 2018 Audi A8 is longer, more plush and packs more tech than ever, before including autonomous driving. The traffic pilot will take care of driving on dual carriageways up to 60kmph.

Mercedes Maybach S650/ S-Class Facelift

Mercedes has launched the current generation S-Class back in 2014 and after the introduction of the facelift in global markets last year, the new S is all set to debut in 2018. If Mercedes doesn’t launch the S-Class before the Expo, we will see the facelift for the first time in the shape of the Mercedes-Maybach S650, the top-most version of the Maybach to be built.

BMW 6 Series GT

After the unexpected success of the 3 Series GT in India, BMW would certainly want to bring their newest GT here. The 5 Series GT, which was also sold in India a few years ago, has now evolved in to the 6 Series GT with the 6 Series undergoing an image makeover. Like the 3 GT, the 6 Series GT will be larger than the 5 Series, with more cabin and boot space while bringing in the coupe roofline along with it.

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Speaking about coupe limousines, the one that stirred the world a couple of decades ago is the Mercedes-Benz CLS. After being on and off the Indian market, the newest form of the CLS should certainly make it to India to expand the already wide Mercedes portfolio in the country. The all-new CLS will sit under the S-Class in the Indian car market and should compete with the 6 Series GT.

Volvo S60

After the launch of the XC60 SUV, next in line is the S60 sedan. Yet to be unveiled globally, the new S60 is expected by mid-2018, which means it will reach India by the end of next year. In terms of form, it will be a baby S90 with the Thor’s hammer headlamps, the vertically slatted grille and the envious proportions of a classic sedan. 

Lexus LS 

Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS is all set to debut in India in the month of January and should carry a price tag of about Rs 1.2 crore. It will sit in the league of the BMW 7 Series, the Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8 and the Jaguar XJ. Known for their opulence and the Toyota reliability, the Lexus LS should be able to cater to limousine buyers who need that added dose of funk.

Rolls Royce Phantom

Well, well, well. We do not have to tell you much about the Rolls Royce Phantom. It is the epitome of luxury motoring and looking at the new Phantom VIII, we are certain that the bar has been raised again. With the all-new lightened platform and the tweaked engine, it is faster as well as efficient, just in case the latter matters.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift

The Mercedes C-Class had come close on the heels of the new S-Class and we think it might repeat in 2018 as well. The new C-Class has been spied a million times internationally and should be launched globally in early 2018. The facelift will certainly arrive in India soon after and along with the nips and tucks on the outside, it will get a light revamp inside as well.

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