The pick of the cars hitting the road in 2013…

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SummaryThe new 1-series is a hatchback unlike any hatch previously seen in India. With a driver-focused rear-wheel-drive layout and the possibility of a 320bhp six-cylinder engine as an option, the 1-series will be the sportiest hatchback to ever set its wheels in India.

If you are looking to buy a car, here’s a list of the most exciting new models headed our way in 2013. We’ve got details on what’s coming when and for how much. We’ve also listed the highlights of each car to tell you what you can expect

BMW 1-series

Engine: 2.0-litre diesel, 3.0-litre petrol

Price: Rs.18 lakh

Expected: Late 2013

The new 1-series is a hatchback unlike any hatch previously seen in India. With a driver-focused rear-wheel-drive layout and the possibility of a 320bhp six-cylinder engine as an option, the 1-series will be the sportiest hatchback to ever set its wheels in India. There will be diesels too for the efficiency conscious, starting with the 140bhp 118d. The 125bhp 118i petrol will be the base model of the range and should come with an attractive price tag.

There is a downside to the rear-wheel drive layout and it’s that this configuration isn’t ideal for maximising interior space. However, this shouldn’t be a much of an issue because this car’s selling point is the fun it provides from the driver’s seat. Expect typical German build quality, an attractive dash and a reasonable 360-litre boot as well. BMW plans to assemble it in India and this means the 1-series will have the distinction of being the cheapest BMW in India.

Honda Amaze

Engine: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel

Price: Rs.6-7.5 lakh Expected: March 2013

Honda’s big launch for 2013 will be the Amaze, which is a compact saloon based on the Brio hatchback. While the front end is similar to the Brio’s, the neatly integrated tail section and nicely sized boot add loads of practicality. Apart from the changes to the rear, Honda has also lengthened the Brio’s wheelbase, so cabin space is really impressive for this class of car. Engine options will include the Brio’s peppy 1.2-litre petrol motor as well as an all-new 1.5-litre diesel—Honda’s first in India. Our brief drive of the diesel-powered Amaze last year revealed this to be an engine that’s suited to city driving with a good spread of power and nice refinement. Light controls and good manoeuvrability are some of the Brio’s traits you can

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