The Sedan marketplace saw a considerable amount of new competition along with updated vehicles. The Auto Expo 2018 featured a ton of sedans which look to dominate the market in the coming years. From the Honda Amaze to the Stinger GT, all of them were a delight. Here are a few handpicked cars which impressed us the most and might become future segment leaders.
1. Honda Civic
Filling the gap between the Honda City and Accord, the Honda Civic has always been a car enthusiast’s dream while being a bit light on the pocket at the same time. With the whole nation longing for a triumphant return, the Civic was a sight for sore eyes at the Expo.
The highly redesigned car from Honda has received an update after more than a decade. Globally, the car is being offered with a 1.5 litre i-VTEC, a 16 valve 2.0 litre i-VTEC and a 4 cylinder inline engine. 3 cylinder options are also available for the car out of which one is a 1.6 litre i-DTEC power house.
The interior features a large infotainment system which has been centrally mounted in a car which has grown and matured according to the trend rather than maintaining its different and outlandish appearance.
We wish that the 315 BHP Type R would’ve made it to the Indian shores as well but Honda seems to have decided against it at the moment.
2. Honda Amaze
Honda is going back to back in our list with its boldly designed second generation Amaze. The car features a more appealing look with an added layer of luxury on the inside as compared to the cabin in the previous model.
On the front the Amaze looks much more striking thanks the protruding grille and the neatly tucked in headlamps. The rear now features the Honda badge in the center of the chrome strip which is flanked by a brand new set of tail lamps. The car has definitely grown in size which has translated into better leg room and an increase in boot space.
Stepping inside the Amaze is now a much better experience as the materials used for the interior are much more premium and the car now sports a touchscreen console in the centre.
Expect the 100 BHP, 1.5 litre diesel and the 88 BHP, 1.2 litre petrol engines to be carried over. Honda has confirmed that the all new Amaze will come with a CVT (Automatic) and a diesel engine combination for the first time ever.
3. Tata Tigor JTP
The Tigor JTP is a performance version of the already well established and one of Tata’s bestseller: The Tigor. JTP stands for ‘Jayem Tata Performance’ and basically translates into the Tigor now developing 109 BHP at the wheels. All of this power comes thanks to a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Except receiving a major bump in performance, the car has also been made to look much more sportier with an all new bumper, side skirts and blacked out headlamps. Other changes include the all red ORVMs, an air scoop in the bonnet, diamond cut alloys and JTP branding all over the car.
Inside the cabin you get leather upholstery, aluminium pedals, sporty red coloured trims and an 8 speaker Harman Kardon system.
The Tiago which is a hatchback version of this car also gets the performance and stylish overhaul and is similarly called the Tiago JTP. A performance version of an already successful vehicle is always an exciting concept to delve into and an Indian automaker sharing the same ideology always makes it that much sweeter.
4. Kia Stinger GT
The Auto Expo 2018 officially showcased what Kia has planned for the future of the Indian car market. The Stinger GT is their flagship sedan and looks strikingly beautiful and is aimed at the luxury sedan segment which is mainly dominated by Audi, Mercedes and BMW.
The elongated front of the car looks the most aerodynamic of all the cars at the Expo. The LED headlights complete with DRLs are upswept to suit the overall imposing and yet sporty appeal of the coupe. The front also features a large air dam and vents which were developed at the Nürburgring for enhanced aerodynamics.
From the side the grand tourer looks more muscular thanks to the 19 inch alloy wheels and the air vents and giving the car a coupe look, the shoulder line rises towards the back.
At the rear is a big diffuser flanked by a pair of shotgun exhausts on either side. The LED tail lights really lends the car a classy grand tourer look as well.
When it comes to power, Kia has made sure that the Stinger GT has loads of it. The 3.3 litre V6 engine develops 360 BHP and 510 Nm of torque at the peak of its rev range. There is also another engine which has four cylinders in line to produce around 260 BHP. Both of the engines come paired to an 8 speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
As exciting as the proposition of a new brand coming into the luxury sedan car segment sounds sadly, it isn’t meant to be as Kia has confirmed that the Stinger GT won’t be going on sale in India due to the high import costs associated with it.
5. Toyota Yaris
While other companies like Hyundai and Honda have been competing for the crown in the premium sedan marketplace, Toyota hasn’t been nowhere near as successful. However things are finally looking up for the Japanese brand as they have recently unveiled a new competitor in the form of Toyota Yaris.
The sedan comes loaded with numerous modern features such as ABS, EBD, ISOFIX mounts and hill start assist along with a vehicle stability program. The car also features 7 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, rear parking sensors and brake assist. Therefore the car is as good as any when it comes to safety and electronic driver aids.
Coming onto the exterior of the car, on the front the Yaris seems to have a lot of elements piled up together and the car looks a bit overdone from a design perspective.
The rear however is a much more sorted affair. The LED tail lights wrap around the boot with an integrated lip spoiler. The Yaris looks daft and has a front which is definitely out there. The styling matures towards the back which gives you a feeling that Toyota has tried to cram all the design pointers at the front and lost interest moving rearwards.
Another major problem the Yaris will be facing in the Indian market is the lack of a diesel engine. Yes, Toyota plans to sell the Yaris as an exclusively petrol sedan with a 1.5 litre engine which will be mated to a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed automatic (CVT) gearbox.