IAB Picks – 5 compact sedans you can expect shortly

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 - 4:16pm IST

The 2014 Auto Expo was testimony to the fact that India’s penchant for compact sedans is getting stronger. A hatchback with a small boot and a 1.5L diesel engine is a segment that no manufacturer selling in India can miss today. The lower-mid segment draws 30,000 buyers every month, 81 percent of which is made up of sedans.

From one million unit sales in 2013, the overall compact car segment will touch sales of two million units in 2018, Ford forecasts.

Honda Amaze Modulo rear spoiler

While the sedan is a status symbol in India, the 3-box is a logical upgrade to the millions of A and B1 segment car owners. In addition to a roomier interior, the sedan is also able to offer additional luggage space, without taking up a lot of parking space or affecting the maneuverability.

In this story, we take you through seven products that will launch in India in the next year or so, to address this segment.

Hyundai Xcent

Hyundai’s sub-4m sedan will be introduced to India next month, having a twist to a name with a long legacy. The Hyundai Xcent is a Grand i10 with a boot, that will share its mechanical carriage with the hatch. Powertrains have not been officially announced, but a 1.2-liter petrol engine with an optional automatic transmission, and a sub-1.5-liter diesel engine (either the Grand’s 1.1-liter 3cyl mill or the i20’s 1.4-liter four-pot) are mandatory to meet the small car regulations.

Hyundai Xcent rear three quarters left exterior
The Xcent retains the wheelbase of the Grand i10 but features a “class-leading” boot capacity.

What Hyundai does say though is that the Xcent would have class-leading boot space, automatic air-conditioning, electro-chromic mirror and one-touch trunk opening, complementing the Grand i10’s kit.

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9 thoughts on “IAB Picks – 5 compact sedans you can expect shortly

  1. Anil says:

    My Ford Eco Sport Diesel bought 3 months have grievous engine problems- even the service person is not able to identify and rectify

  2. suraj says:

    Chevrolet sail get any interior update soon?? audio mounted on steering etc?

  3. kanaad says:

    hyundai always rocks

  4. Prasanna says:

    A planning to go for HONDA JAZZ FIT., GIVE ME SOME TIPS, or shell i go for HONDA CITY? am confused, cost wise & economy wise , kindly guide me.

    Many thanks

  5. Mohit Verma says:

    Tata Zest looks promising…

  6. Deepak Chablani says:

    Yes, I think the Zest is ahead of others by a fair margin. The design is contemporary and stylish and it has more of an SUV stance. The rear is integrated extremely well and has a classy feel to it. The interiors just blew me away…it clearly looks world class and probably the best I could see in an Indian car. It would be feature rich and plus the AMT option makes it a compelling proposition.

    Hyundai Xcent looks boring and outdated.
    Dzire for me looks extremely ugly.
    VW and Ford might take another 24-30 months to launch their sub 4 metre version ; too early to comment.

    Considering the massive initiatives taken in the last couple of years in terms of improving quality and service, I’d place my bet on the Zest. And Tata’s gives the max value for money in the Indian car market and I’m sure it would be no different with the Zest too.

  7. Santosh Kinagi says:

    Tata Zest with AMT looks promising interms of exterior,Interior and AMT option…. also the SRK design of VW looks great…

  8. Bhargava says:

    Nice article!

    The compact sedan market in India is definitely getting heated up. I am excited to see how these cars would perform in the real markets.

    Each contender brings something unique to the platter, but I am more excited about the Zest, as it features first-in-the-class ‘AMT’ and the fact that it was Designed by Tata’s European Technical Center in the UK.


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