The Yet to Come Sub Compact Sedans
While the automobile industry is striving to come up with newer and more affordable cars, what does not go out of fashion is the compact sedan. There is no denying that the entry-level compact sedan segment is one of the most competitive ones in India. For the Indian automobile markets, compact sedans have proven to be quite successful for all the manufacturers. Car makers like Maruti, Hyundai, Honda and Tata already have cars in sub-4 metre sedan space, Ford and General Motors are ready to enter into this segment.
While the automobile industry is striving to come up with newer and more affordable cars, what does not go out of fashion is the compact sedan. There is no denying that the entry-level compact sedan segment is one of the most competitive ones in India.
For the Indian automobile markets, compact sedans have proven to be quite successful for all the manufacturers. Carmakers like Maruti, Hyundai, Honda and Tata already have cars in sub-4 metre sedan space, Ford and General Motors are ready to enter into this segment.
Here's a list of the affordable sub-compact sedans that will be launched in India next year:
1)Ford Figo Sedan
Expected price range: 4.8 lakh – 8 lakh
The Figo sedan is anticipated to enter India by mid 2015. The company has already brought the vehicle to India for R&D purpose and will soon start testing it here. The vehicle is already on sale in the Brazilian market as the KA+, though in Brazil it measures over 4 metres. This car looks largely similar to the Ford Figo Concept, but there are substantial changes on the headlamps and light clusters.
The Figo sedan is likely to get its power from a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. What might help the sedan become fuel efficient and good at handling is its lightweight, high tensile strength steel platform. The Figo sedan will share a great resemblance to the Figo hatchback, with respect to interiors.
2)Chevrolet Beat sedan
Expected price range: 4.5 lakh - 6.5lakh
Chevrolet India is to enter the fastest growing sub-compact sedan segment with a Beat-based sedan, codenamed MCM. The compact sedan will be based on the new-gen Beat's M300 platform. GM might position the sub-four meter sedan below the new Sail. Significant changes have been made, especially at the front fascia, the new compact sedan will look more aggressive than the Beat.
The Beat-based sedan is likely to be available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine will deliver a maximum power of 82bhp with 108Nm, while the 1.0-litre diesel motor will produce power of 74bhp with 190Nm. A five-speed gearbox will be on offer. That said, the company has chosen not to reveal any details about the engine.
3)Tata Kite Sedan
Expected price range: 4 lakh-6lakh
With the success of the Zest, Tata Motors is planning to launch yet another sub-compact sedan in India. The new car will most likely replace the ageing Indigo eCS. The automobile company has started testing the car in India. Based on the Indica/Indigo platform, the new sedan will get an entirely new design and is expected to have a more up-market interior than the car it will replace. It might share some features with the Bolt hatchback.
The Kite will derive its power from a new 1.05-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The oil burner will produce a maximum power output of 64bhp with 142Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox will be coupled with both the engines; an AMT gearbox might also included.
Tata Motors, after receiving good response for the Zest, is working on yet another sub-compact sedan that will replace the ageing Indigo eCS.