Sedans have been a status symbol in the country since generations. Space, comfort and power – are some of the characteristics that are synonymous with the sedan segment. Among a long list of national and international car-makers you may consider this top three based on performance, style and affordability – Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Honda City
At the recently held Auto Expo event, B. S. Seo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motors India limited said, "The Xcent is a world-class product developed for the Indian market. We at Hyundai Motors India limited are proud to launch the modern family sedan in India. Xcent symbolizes Hyundai's commitment to Indian customers by offering high standards of quality, durability and reliability. Xcent with its excellent value proposition and its unique first-in-segment features will serve a wide range of customers in India raising the benchmark in the segment." Hyundai Xcent has finally launched in the Indian market with an attractive price tag of 4.66 Lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi). The Xcent sedan from Hyundai is powered by 1.2-litre kappa dual VTVT petrol that generates about 82 Bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque. As per sources, the car may also be available with an automatic transmission apart from a regular manual version. The interiors of the car is blessed with rear AC vents, push-button start, all-electric rear view mirrors, steering-mounted audio, 1GB hard drive for the 2-DIN music system. Bluetooth controls and a cooled glove-box Moreover, the Korean car-maker has also given much importance to safety of the occupants. The sedan is loaded with Anti-lock braking system, rear defogger, dual airbags, central locking, rear parking assist and central locking.
More than a decade old Honda City tops the list for sedan cars in India. The sedan is a perfect example of style, reliability and comfort. The new Honda City Petrol is powered by 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine that generates a modest power output of 119 PS at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm torque at 4600 rpm. Anticipated fuel efficiency for automatic and manual version is approximate 18 kmpl, but it is said that the manual version delivers slightly lower. In the interiors, the car gets an air conditioning vent for rear seat passengers. The new City features an armrest and bottle holder on each rear door for convenience. The sedan is now loaded with interesting features like info-rich instrument cluster, key-less push-button start, a sunroof, rear parking camera and foldable electric ORVM's.
India's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki has been preferred choice in this 4 meter sedan segment for quite a while now. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is available in both Petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant gets a 1197cc, K-12 engine mated with the impressive Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology. The unique mechanism initiates timely valve opening and closing that results in better power and efficiency, thereby helping with smooth acceleration and a quicker response. The petrol version generates about 87 Ps of maximum power with 114 Nm of torque. The overall drive experience in Swift Dzire is stable, comfortable and enjoyable owing to MacPherson strut with coil spring suspension for front wheels and Torsion-beam with coil spring suspension for the rear wheels. Safety is also taken care off by the Indian car-maker with the Airbags, Brake Assist System (BAS) and Anti Lock braking system (ABS). The Dzire sedan is offered at a starting price of Rs. 4,85,162 (Ex-showroom Delhi).