Top 5 upcoming sedans under Rs 10 lakhs in 2014
Here we compile information on top 5 upcoming sedan launches this year that will be worth waiting. List includes facelifts and all-new cars from popular manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Skoda and Tata, in the form of Swift Dzire, Ciaz, Verna facelift, Vento 1.5 TDI, Rapid 1.5 TDI and Tata Zest respectively.
Tata Zest – Much awaited game changer, compact sedan from Tata is expected to launch in few days. Bookings have just opened at advance payment of Rs. 21,000. Both petrol and diesel variants have first in segment and trendsetting aspects, like Revotron 1.2T petrol engine equipped with drive mode (City, Sport & Eco) select feature and diesel motor coupled with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).
Both versions have max. power output of 90 PS, and will be available with all-new touch screen Multimedia Infotainment System from Harman. Facilities include Image Viewer, Voice Command, speed sensitive volume and iPod compatibility to begin with.
Unlike previous Tata cars, upcoming Zest compact sedan has a way of attracting customers with varied taste and functional preference. Read more about Tata Zest on our review of petrol spec here and diesel trim here.
Maruti Dzire - Reached astonishing position of best selling car in India, 18,953 units sold in May 2014, trumping all time top seller Alto. This boot chopped compact sedan from Maruti Suzuki needs no introduction for Indian car buyers. However, facelift version is expected to launch by November 2014, and quick description of possible upgrades is to be mentioned.
Dzire would be receiving new equipment and features just like upcoming Swift facelift would, in coming weeks. Automatic headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), electrically foldable and operable Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVM) and turn indicators on wing mirrors will be seen other than revised bumpers and touch ups on front grille. Dual tone interiors, new seat upholstery, six Airbags, new In Car Entertainment (ICE) system with smartphone connectivity and fresh instrument cluster may add to list of changes in new Maruti Dzire.
Engine changes are not likely to be made, the very 1.2 litre K12M petrol engine with VVT giving out 87 PS max. power @ 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm peak torque @ 4,000 rpm would drive 2014 Swift Dzire. Usual 1.3 litre DDiS engine from Fiat churning out 75 PS max. power @ 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm peak torque @ 2,000 rpm will also be offered alongside. Both engines would be mated with well acquainted 5 speed manual transmission. However, since Tata offers Zest diesel with AMT setup, Maruti may be covertly planning the same with Dzire diesel. Wouldn’t it steal the show? Learn more about Maruti Dzire facelift here.
Maruti Ciaz - Based on Suzuki Authentics concept, new Ciaz sedan is set to take the position of failed and discontinued SX4 sedan, possibly in September 2014. Price of Maruti Ciaz can be expected to fall within Rs. 7.2 lakhs and Rs. 10.5 lakhs bracket, to rival Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta and such.
Ciaz would receive 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine and 1.4 liter K-Series petrol engine, currently doing duty in Maruti Ertiga. A pile of features is expected to be offered on board the Ciaz, enough to make customers of this segment to turn their heads and take a look. Would include keyless entry, push button start, leather seat upholstery, 16 inch alloy wheels, 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse camera, touch screen infotainment system, voice command, mapping and navigation facility and the like.
Dimensions of new Ciaz sedan will be 4545 x 1730 x 1475 mm (LxWxH), which is longer than Honda City, is expected to offer best in class rear seating comfort. This should be the USP of Ciaz along with premium interiors, which seems to be current preference of Indian customers opting to purchase a sedan in C-segment. Production ready version of Maruti Ciaz was spied recently, take a look here.