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Sedans to watch out for in 2011

Last updated on: January 5, 2011 18:32 IST

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If the year 2010 was the year of the hatchbacks, it appears that the year 2011 is all set to be big on sedan launches.

Sales of automobiles in India are expected to continue upward journey in 2011. Automobile sales in the domestic market would be driven mainly by healthy growth of the economy.

A stable economic environment, healthy IIP growth, favourable liquidity and availability of finance would be the chief drivers of growth in the domestic commercial vehicles market.

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Nissan Sunny

The Sunny is likely to launch two engines for India: a 1.5 litre four cylinder motor capable of producing about 100 bhp and the 1.5 litre diesel motor doing duty in the Micra.

The Sunny is based on Nissan's versatile 'V' platform and has contemporary looks. This is the second model to be based in this platform after the Micra and is hailed as Nissan's 'New Global Sedan'.

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The Sunny might make its Indian debut in the second half of 2011. However, the car is unlikely to be christened Sunny in India.

The Nissan sedan would face competition from cars like Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Swift Dzire, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, et al.

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Hyundai Avante

Hyundai Avante is expected to be launched in both diesel and petrol with 5 speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The sedan might come equipped with a 1.6 litre Gamma petrol engine and a diesel engine variant may follow shortly.

The petrol model will be powered by a 1591cc DOHC CVVT engine which generates maximum power of 118 Bhp at 6200 rpm with maximum torque of 156 Nm at 4200 rpm.

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The diesel one will be powered by a 1582cc CRDi engine which generates maximum power of 115 Bhp at 4000 rpm with maximum torque of 260 Nm at 1900 rpm.

It would be pitted against Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Optra, and Skoda Octavia.

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Maruti Kizashi

The sedan is all set to make its India debut in the premium D segment in January.

It is likely to be powered by a J24B 2.4 litre petrol engine capable of producing 185 hp at 6,500 rpm (manual transmission) and 180 hp at 6,000 rpm (continuously Variable Transmission).

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The maximum torque from the engine is 170 Nm at 4,000 rpm in both type of transmission. In western markets the car comes with a standard front wheel drive and optional all wheel drive.

The safety and braking system would include Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Electric Stability Program (ESP) along with the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS).

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It will be brought into the country as a completely built unit (CBU), which will attract heavy import duty and double the car's cost.

Kizashi, Suzuki's first entry into the all-wheel-drive sport sedan segment, arrived in dealer showrooms of North America in December last year and the company has so far sold about 300-400 units in the country.

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Suzuki commands half of the market share in India, which is a key market for the company, where it operates with its Indian partner, Maruti.

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Maruti SX4 Diesel

Maruti has a CNG fitted Maruti SX4 variant at Rs 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom). The CNG variant is loaded with i-GPI technology that is safe, reliable, clean, responsive and environment friendly.

But Maruti Suzuki is also planning a diesel version of this popular sedan having a 1.6l diesel engine. The car is expected to be launched by 2011.

The popular sedan, which is currently Maruti's most expensive car, is all set to get a new diesel variant.

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The engines doing duty in Maruti Swift and Dzire models are extremely popular in India and the company hopes to see the same success with Maruti SX4 diesel.

At present the diesel version of Maruti Swift and Dzire are popular in India and the company hopes to see the same success with Maruti SX4 diesel. The diesel variant of the SX4 will be pitted against the likes of Ford Fiesta, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Fiat Linea.

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