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Planning for a big car? Check these face-lifted sedans

Last updated on: January 14, 2013 04:22 IST

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U
sually, car owners graduate from hatchbacks to sedans as they grow professionally and their family increase. A sedan offers more space and better comfort. For these mature buyers, carmakers pack sedans with rich features and extra power.

Your are spoiled for choice in this segment and the competition is only increasing. Auto companies such as Honda will launch its first diesel sedan in Indian this year, Hyundai is working on a compact sedan, Chevrolet will start selling Sail soon.

However, those who prefer to go with an established model for which reviews and feedback are immediately available, here are some popular sedans face-lifted to offer buyers a bigger bang for the buck.

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Fiat Linea

Launch: January 3, 2012

It came with a new 'Oceanic Blue' shade, elevated ground clearance, auto headlamps, and new design alloy wheels alongside bulky 16-inch wheels.

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The changes make it the most imposing car in the segment. Insides got quality AC, leather upholstery and two-tone beige theme. The overall amends done by Fiat were based on customer feedback.

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Maruti Swift Dzire

Launch: February 1, 2012

Exactly on first day of second month, Maruti launched its sub 4-meter sedan with 150 minor-major changes.

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Maruti Dzire is now more suave in looks inside out with a sporty attitude. Amazing mileage figures and hassle-free feature of Automatic Transmission (AT) were the underlining aspects, besides dual-tone interiors, more cosy seating, and mounted audio controls.

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Ford Fiesta

Launch: February 28, 2012

The all-new curvaceous Fiesta got company of 'PowerShift Automatic' feature and a new exterior shade - Paprika Red.

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The 6-speed auto gearbox is claimed to be maintenance free for 10 years. Apart from this significant aspect, another attractive piece was welcoming mileage of 16.97 kmpl.

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Audi A4

Launch: March 3, 2012

Marching came anticipated new avatar of Audi A4 with more upmarket fascia, restyled headlamps and transformed bonnet line.

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The new twin exhaust lends it a sporty stance. Changes inside were new steering wheel, added chrome accents and refreshed trim levels, which enlarged the luxury feel in the cabin.

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Hyundai Sonata

Launch: March 22, 2012

One of the upgrade that deceived most was Hyundai Sonata Fluidic. The epitome of gorgeousness was on wheels for the first time.

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With powerful performance and exquisite inside this aptly priced premium sedan surpasses any entry level Audi and BMW. However, absence of diesel powertrain was the only shortcoming observed.

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Chevrolet Cruze

Launch: June 27, 2012

The most powerful sedans in the segment, Chevrolet Cruze received minor tweaks in the frontage alongside bettered interior trim and insertion of some more handy features for occupants.

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Significantly, the 2.0L VCDi diesel engine was re-tuned by the company for more mileage and more power.

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Mahindra Verito

Launch: July 26, 2012

Boxy-looking mass segment sedan from the SUV-maker was out with a very chic dress up.

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Redesigned grille and extensive chrome-work together with fashionable flowing cues made it rejuvenated. With some premium features like electrically powered ORVMs, 2-tone upholstery and spacious rear seat forms a complete package.

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BMW 3 Series

Launch: July 27, 2012

To compete with New Audi A4, 2012 BMW 3 Series was introduced. Launched by Sachin Tendulkar and promoted as Ultimate3, it boast sporty stance against the erstwhile.

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Moreover, with enhanced luxury at every corner and improved gadgetry it also proffered more space for greater headroom and legroom, whereas mechanical upgrades were increased mileage and retuned suspension.

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Hyundai Neo Fluidic Elantra

Launch: August 13, 2012

This was another earth-shattering reformation by Korean carmaker in India, after Sonata, this year.

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The innovative design ideology now was a part of dud-looking older generation Elantra model. Priced accurately, it clutches some rare premium features inside the cabin, apart from impressive mileage numbers in petrol and diesel options.

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Tata Manza Club Class

Launch: October 16, 2012

With minimal exterior modifications and varied interior amends 'Club Class' upgrade was launched to en-cash on the festive glitter.

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It includes hi-tech widgets such as better Navigation/GPS, 6.2-inch touch display, USB and AUX interface, multi-media DVD player. Some plush amenities introduced are twin black-plum interiors with Italian leather upholstery, AC with climate control, steering mounted phone and audio controls.

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