Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan to compete with Honda City diesel, i30 and Maruti Suzuki YL1

Friday 20 December 2013, 10:11 AM by

Dynamics of the Indian car market keep changing from time to time, depending upon the sentiment that prevails among producers and consumers. Auto makers, in order to maximise profit levels, keep devising new strategies, be it in the form of offering discounts or introducing new models. The month of December in any year is highly exciting for car makers as they wait for the New Year to arrive. As 2014 is nearing, auto makers are preparing to launch new models in the Indian market. From sources and reports by trade analysts, Honda City diesel, Hyundai i30 and Maruti Suzuki YL1 are set to make a mark in 2014. Experts feel that 2014 is going to witness really tough competition between Hyundai, Maruti and Honda. Although nothing can be said as of now, sources claim that the South Korean might have an upper hand if it does launch sedan based on the highly successful Grand i10 hatchback.

Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan to compete with Honda City diesel, i30 and Maruti Suzuki YL1 | CarTrade.com
Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan to compete with Honda City diesel, i30 and Maruti

The first launch out of these models is going to be Honda City diesel, which is likely to enter the market in January. Endless reports and reviews have already been written about this model, much before its entry into Indian showrooms. Customers are eagerly awaiting the fourth-generation version of this highly popular sedan that was unveiled on 25th November, 2013. For the first time, City is going to be available in a diesel version, something that has already attracted a lot of attention. The success of this car is highly anticipated and many think it could knock Hyundai Verna off its perch. Powered by the much-acclaimed i-DTEC diesel engine, City will deliver around 98 bhp of output and a fuel-economy of 26 kmpl.

No year in the Indian car market can be complete without the launch of a Maruti Suzuki model and 2014 is going to be no different. SX4 sedan has not been able to do well in recent times due to the performance of rivals like Hyundai Verna and Honda City. Therefore, it is being said that India's largest passenger car manufacturer is going to replace SX4 with the YL1 sedan, which is going to be really stylish and powerful. There is a possibility that Maruti Suzuki will showcase this model at the Auto Expo 2014, set to be held at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. Sources claim that this car is going to be available in two engine options, one diesel and one petrol. While the diesel version will feature 1.3-litre Multijet powertrain, petrol variant is going to be fitted with a 1.4-litre K-Series unit.

Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan to compete with Honda City diesel, i30

Hyundai has already achieved a lot of success in India with its 'i' series vehicles, which includes i10, i20 and the recently introduced Grand i10. Hoping to capitalise on the performances of these models, the South Korean auto maker might launch i30 model in India. Many have said that i30 is integral to the strategies of India's largest exporter of passenger cars. This model is already on sale in European markets, wherein it has done considerably well. Now whether or not the same-specification model will be launched in India, only time can tell. However, experts are touting this car to replicate the success of other models in the Hyundai line-up.

Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan to compete with Honda City diesel, i30
Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan to compete with Honda City diesel, i30

Up till now, the race to the top of passenger car segment was expected to be a three-horse show contested by City diesel, YL1 and i30. However, reports of the launch of Grandi10-based sedan have disrupted all calculations and estimates. Although it is going to compete in a different segment altogether, the Grand i10-based sedan, if launched in India, will surely attract a high number of buyers. The phenomenal success of Grand i10 hatchback has boosted Hyundai's confidence and the launch of a sedan based on this model looks imminent.

Rationale suggests that this compact sedan will bear a number of similarities with Grand i10 in terms of interiors and technology. In terms of engine, experts feel that Hyundai Grand i10 sedan will come in both petrol and diesel variants. The competition that will be faced by this model is going to be really high as the segment is currently ruled by Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire.