The year 2016 has seen an upward trend in automotive sales. Manufacturers have responded well, offering new products to the Indian car buyer. With the festive season coming up in a couple of months, manufacturers are gearing up with their best to entice buyers and ride the wave of increased demand. If you are planning to buy a sedan, here is a list you have to go through.
New Audi A4
The Audi A4 has been around for years together and in spite of the facelift it received mid-life, the design has lost its sheen especially with the competition spicing up things. The new A4, as we all know, is due this year. While it may not look strikingly different as compared to the current car, there is a sea of changes under the surface.
Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
Performance motoring is gaining its foothold in the efficiency crazy country and the enthusiasts are not complaining at all. Especially when you are getting cars like the C43 AMG. This is not a full blown AMG and hence will be easier on your vertebrae and on your pocket. It will still have the zing with the 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol hurtling it across the tarmac and in style.
Volvos are perceived to be cars for boring people. They are immensely reliable and capable but used to lack the visual drama of their competitors. Setting things right, the Volvo S90 couples up the striking new face with latest technology in safety and powertrains. It will replace the Volvo S80 globally and compete with the likes of the E-Class, 5 Series and the A6.
Jaguar XE diesel
Jaguar launched the XE in India at the Auto Expo. With about 240 horses under the hood from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the leaping cat is one of the fastest cars around in its segment. But for those who would want a daily driver, Jaguar is soon going to introduce a diesel variant.
New Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra has been ringing in steady numbers for Hyundai, especially in the slow moving D-segment. Expected to be launched within a couple of months, the new generation Elantra gets a hexagonal grille and styling that resembles the Santa Fe. With renewed zest, the Eantra will take on the Chevrolet Cruze, VW Jetta, Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Corolla.
Audi A3 facelift
Audi launched the A3 in 2014 as its entry-level premium sedan offering. The car has been received well after which the Ingolstadt-based car maker brought in the A3 Cabriolet. The A3 facelift will be a mid-life upgrade for the Audi and will include a few cosmetic changes along with a few tweaks in the cabin and a software upgrade for the infotainment system.
Skoda Rapid facelift
The entry-level sedan in the Skoda scheme of things is getting another upgrade. From the spy pictures circulating on the internet, it is evident that the front fascia will now be more angular and resemble bigger Skoda cars like the Octavia and the Superb. While there is no word on the interiors, we expect Skoda to offer added features with the new Rapid.
The Mercedes CLS has been one of the prettiest sedans from the three pointed star with its flowing lines and the sloping roof. As of now, the CLS is available only with the 2143cc turbocharged diesel options. With the German car maker strengthening their petrol line-up, we expect them to bring the CLS 350 with the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine powering the rear wheels.
Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord has been the flagship offering from the Japanese car maker in India for a long time before it was discontinued recently. Honda plans to bring back the Accord, but in a more efficient and eco-friendly avatar. The Accord Hybrid was showcased at the Auto Expo and gets 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor with a combined output of 196bhp.