IAB Picks – 5 compact sedans you can expect shortly
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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.
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’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.
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.