Upcoming Sedans for 2019: Under 30 lakh

By Ravi Ved | on November 7, 2018

2019 will mark the return of the Honda Civic, an all-new Volkswagen Vento coming too and many more sedans under the 30 lakh price range 

New Honda Civic:

Launch: February 2019

Expected Price: Rs 15-20 lakh

Earlier this year, Honda announced they will bring four new cars in the financial year ending March 2019. The company has already brought in the new Amaze, refreshed Jazz and the new CR-V. Now, they seem to be prepping to launch the new Civic. India will get the face-lifted version that is already on sale in the international markets. The Civic to go on sale soon is a refreshed version of the new-gen model that hasn’t been on sale in India. In line with Honda’s design philosophy, it gets a bold chrome grille and a more angular front bumper. The sleek pulled back headlamps and the tapering hood give the Civic a good stance. Along the sides, the Civic also gets new alloy wheels. The roof flows smoothly into the boot to give it a coupe-like profile. The rear, with the C-shaped taillights, looks quirky too. Expect the Civic to come loaded with equipment. Taking the centre stage on the dash is a 7.0-inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The India-spec Civic will come with a 1.8-litre 140bhp petrol motor that will come with two gearbox options – a six-speed manual and an automatic. Unlike before, the Civic will also come with a diesel engine options – the same motor as the recently launched CR-V. The 1.6-litre mill churns out 118bhp and will only be offered with a 6-speed manual to start with. Expect the Civic to be priced in the Rs 15-20 lakh range. It will go against the likes of the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia, and the Toyota Corolla Altis.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Face Lift India Launch M

Hyundai Elantra Face-lift:

Launch: July 2019

Expected Price: Rs 14-20 lakh

Hyundai has gained the reputation of updating its cars every two-three years. Considering that timeline, the Elantra is due for an update soon. The Korean car maker has already taken the wraps off the international spec Elantra and we have to admit it looks mean. The razor-sharp front now gets a wider hexagonal grille, triangular headlamps with LED DRLs, and a bonnet with more prominent lines. The rear has been designed from scratch and it now comes with a new bumper, reshaped boot lid and wraparound LED tail lamps. The global-spec Elantra will come with a bunch of safety features like blind spot detection, front collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and more. It remains to be seen how many of these safety features the India-spec model comes with. Engine and gearbox options for the Elantra face-lift will remain unchanged – a 2.0-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. Both engines will come paired with a manual and automatic gearbox option. 

2019 Honda Accord Unveiled India Launch M

New Honda Accord:

Launch: August 2019

Expected Price: Rs 27-35 lakh

It has been two years since Honda brought in the Accord Hybrid in India. This time around, Honda has only announced the Accord turbocharged four-pot petrol units. Providing firepower to the Accord is the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol from the Civic Type R. This engine is good for 248bhp and 369Nm. There will also be another 1.5-litre turbo petrol in the lower-sped trims. Borrowed from the Civic and the CR-V, this motor delivers 189bhp and 260Nm. Both these engines will come paired with a 10-speed automatic. Honda has ditched the V6 and held back the Hybrid for now – the latter may be introduced at a later date. Aside from engine, the tenth-gen Accord will also sport Honda’s new design language. It sports the moustache chrome grille at the front and Civic-like boot lid at the back. The current Accord Hybrid didn’t quite do well in India considering it was a hybrid and brought into India as a CBU. This time around, Honda may bring in the Accord with the petrol engine options and that should allow them to price it more competitively.

Volkswagen Virtus Next Gen Vento India Launch M

New Volkswagen Vento:

Launch: Late 2019

Expected Price: Rs 9-15 lakh

Subsequent to the diesel scandal, Volkswagen hasn’t been in the action. Now that the dust has settled down, and with their new strategy for the Indian market, things are about to change. They are considering localisation of the MQB A0 platform and with that will come several new cars. Leading the charge among them could be the new-generation Vento. The face is easily recognisable as it is identical to the new Polo. It shares a lot of design elements with the hatchback sibling – like the single slat grille, the rectangular LED headlamps with DRLs, and the neatly crafted front bumper. More prominent lines along the sides and a new set of alloy wheels give it a sporty demeanour. The roof flows smoothly into the sharply sculpted boot. On the inside, the cabin is identical to the Polo too. The steering, dashboard, centre console, as well as the seats, have all been borrowed from the hatchback. Based on the MQB platform, the new Vento will be longer and wider than the model it replaces. The wheelbase is also marginally longer and that should free up more space inside the cabin. The India-spec car is likely to continue with the same engine options – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel – both these will come mated to a manual transmission. Just like the current-gen model, there will also be a 1.2-litre petrol mated to a 7-speed DSG. The Vento hasn’t got a substantial update for a while now; this new-generation model should bring it right up there with the competition.   

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Launch: June 2019 

Expected Price: Rs 40 lakh

Although the Toyota Camry, technically competes against the Honda Accord, Toyota will only bring in the hybrid version to India. Keeping in mind that hybrids are heavily taxed in India, the Camry Hybrid gets pushed into the above Rs 30 lakh price range. 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid India Launch M

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