A lot is happening in the Indian auto sector as far as launches are concerned and this is good news for all of us. The sedans have managed to maintain the excitement throughout the year, even as people slowly shift to SUVs. From Honda Amaze facelift to Tata Tigor EV, carmakers were in the game as we saw some major launches in this segment. Luxury carmakers didn’t hold back, and there were plenty of launches. We take a look at the upcoming sedans in 2022 and expect them to live up to the excitement.
The upcoming Skoda Slavia will be the company’s first sedan to be built on the MQB A0-IN platform shared with the Kushaq and VW Taigun. Expected to go on sale in India in Q1, 2022, the sedan comes as an official replacement for the Rapid sedan. It will get the same 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine and 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI unit that will power the Kushaq SUV. Both the engines come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard along with an optional 6-speed automatic torque converter (1.0L) and a 7-speed DSG automatic (1.5L).
Tata Tigor CNG
The CNG-powered Tigor subcompact sedan is expected to go on sale in the country soon, possibly next month. The Tigor CNG has been eagerly awaited in the Indian car market as it was first spotted in India earlier this year. It is expected to get the same 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine that makes 85 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. When launched, the Tigor CNG will compete with the Hyundai Aura CNG.
Toyota is planning to introduce the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz based compact sedan in India next year. It will replace the now defunct Yaris. The Japanese carmaker unveiled the Toyota Belta for the Middle-East markets ahead of its domestic debut. It will get the same 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 103 bhp and 138 Nm of peak torque.
Volkswagen is also working on the Vertus compact sedan, which will be based on the MQB A0-IN platform. The sedan will come as a replacement for the Vento in the brand’s line-up. The car is likely to share its powertrain options with the Taigun. It is expected to launch in the first half of 2022. Once launched, the sedan will compete with the Skoda Slavia, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Mercedes-Benz will introduce the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan in the second half of 2022. The model will be slightly more spacious inside with a 25mm longer wheelbase measuring 2865mm. Also, the sedan will be 65 mm longer and 10 mm wider than the outgoing model. It is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol and diesel and a 2.0-litre diesel with a 48V belt-integrated starter generator. It will compete with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.