Auto Expo 2018 has witnessed the showcase of many new concepts and SUVs and while the whole show focussed more on SUVs and electric mobility, there were a lot of sedan too that made its India debut. Likes of Honda Cars showcased its new generation Honda Amaze and the 10th generation global Honda Civic sedan that will be launched in India in coming months. On the luxury front, both German automakers Mercedes-Benz India and BMW India showcased its high-end sedans and will soon be launching them. Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain was showcased in India for the first time and Mercedes-Maybach S650 was launched at Auto Expo 2018. BMW 6 Series GT was the big showcase at the BMW pavilion and launched the high-performance BMW M5 sporty sedan in India. Here are the top sedans showcased at Auto Expo 2018.
All-new Honda Civic:
The most anticipated and the star attracter at the Auto Expo 2018 is the India bound Honda Civic which is now confirmed for India launch. Honda Civic has been a popular model for Honda Cars India and has its large fan following in India thanks to its sporty low-slung design which has been carried over on the new Honda Civic as well. Honda Civic India launch has been confirmed during the upcoming FY 2018-19 and the car will be locally assembled at Honda’s plant in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Expect the price to be on the higher side close to Rs 18 lakh and will be positioned between Honda City and Honda Accord Hybrid in India. India bound Honda Civic will be powered by a 1.8L petrol engine and also expect a diesel engine on the Civic in India for the first time. The engine block on the Honda Civic will be the same as the one we will see on the 2018 Honda CR-V SUV.
Big debut coming in from another Japanese automaker, Toyota was its big rival to Honda City named - Toyota Yaris. The Toyota Yaris sedan will take on the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna and is scheduled for its market debut by June 2018. Speculated to be named as Toyota Vios, the Toyota Yaris will sit between Toyota Etios and a Toyota Corolla Altis sedan and will take Toyota’s India sedan portfolio count to 4 including the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota Yaris will be manufactured at Toyota Kirloskar plant in Karnataka. Expect many segment first features on the Yaris and might also get a hybrid powertrain at a later stage. Toyota Yaris in India will be powered by a 1.5L petrol engine with a maximum power output of 107 hp. The engine will be mated to a 6-Speed Manual Transmission and will also get an optional CVT gearbox. Expect Toyota Yaris price in India to range from Rs 8.7-13 lakh (Ex-Showroom).
New 2018 Honda Amaze:
In the compact space, the only new sedan to debut is. the all-new Honda Amaze that was revealed to the public for the first time at Auto Expo 2018 along-side new Honda Civic and 2018 Honda CR-V. Honda Amaze was certainly a crowd attracter at the auto show and is expected to debut in the Indian market by April 2018. All new Honda Amaze is built on an all-new platform and gets many segment first features. The new Honda Amaze 2018 now gets a bold and aggressive design and also an all-new interior design. Honda Amaze is based on Honda Brio platform and continues to be sub-4-meter in length. With the launch on 2018 Honda Amaze, the company will take on the battle in sub-compact sedan space against Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tigor and Volkswagen Ameo and will be available in both petal and diesel engine options.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain:
German automaker and India’s leading luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India has unwrapped its Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain sedan in India for the first time and has confirmed that it will be launched in India soon. Currently, the company sells its Mercedes-Benz E-Class Long Wheel Base in India and this new avatar of E-Class is all set for India launch and will be assembled inbuilt in India. Mercedes-Benz India E-Class All-Terrain sedan features 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as a standard feature and also gets higher ground clearance than the standard version of Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The sedan uses Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension for an improved performance. Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain also gets an all-new interior finished in light carbon-grain and will be powered by a diesel engine shedding a power of 194hp mated to a 9G-tronic transmission. Expect the price of the car to be upwards of Rs 60 lakh (Ex-Showroom).
BMW 6 Series GT:
BMW India along with its brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar launched the all-new BMW 6 Series GT at the Auto Expo 2018 and is priced at Rs 58.9 lakh (Ex-Showroom) for the petrol version. The company has confirmed the diesel version of BMW 6 Series GT will be introduced in India later and the sedan will be locally assembled at BMW India plant in Chennai. BMW 6 Series GT is BMW’s answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class Long Wheel Base and replaces the BMW 5 Series GT globally. It is powered by the same engine as the BMW 5 Series, It gets a 2L turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 258hp. BMW 6 Series GT also features top technology including 6th generation BMW iDrive system infotainment system with navigation, gesture control, and heads-up display.
Hyundai’s global electric sedan Hyundai Ioniq was showcased in India for the first time. While rumors revolve around this electric car coming to India, at the Auto Expo 2018 it was well received by the visitors and certainly got a lot of traction. Globally, Hyundai Ioniq is available in electric, hybrid and plug-in-hybrid options but the Hyundai Motor India showcased the all-electric version of Hyundai Ioniq in India. With electric mobility taking the center stage in India expect Hyundai to launched electric cars soon and its global expertise with Ioniq will definitely help the brand to build mass segment electric cars in India.