Here is a look at the new sedan contenders launched in 2015
Considering all the big launches across segments, it’s only the mass market sedan segment that had a rather slow 2015 when it comes to new products. While there were a few face-lifts thrown in, the only all-new car that made its appearance was the Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan.
Ford Figo Aspire: The new Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan is based on the same platform as the new Figo. The car offers good cabin space and a commodious boot to add to its practical side. With its dual-tone cabin and well equipped nature, the Figo Aspire delivers well as an all rounder in the compact sedan segment. Engine options include a 1.2 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel unit. Prices for the Ford Figo Aspire range between Rs. 4.90 lakh to Rs. 8.25 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS: While the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is not an all-new car on its own, the addition of a mild hybrid system in order to enhance fuel efficiency surely qualifies it to be on this list. The new Ciaz SHVS is only available in diesel spec and comes fitted with a larger lead acid battery, regenerative braking and an integrated starter generator that supplements the engine’s power under acceleration to reduce the load on the engine and consequently increase fuel efficiency. Prices of the Ciaz SHVS range between Rs. 8.23 lakh to Rs. 10.18 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The fourth generation C-Class is based on the company’s new Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform which incorporates high strength and aluminum in its construction to cut down weight, resulting in a 100 kg weight reduction. The car feels thoroughly modern inside and all of the surfaces are appointed in quality materials to cater to the car’s luxury quotient. The standard C-Class is on sale with the choice of a 2.0 litre, four cylinder petrol engine and a 2.2 litre, four cylinder diesel engine. Prices for the C-Class range between Rs. 37.90 lakh to Rs. 39.90 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S: Leaving the rest behind in its dust is the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S performance saloon that packs in a 4.0 litre, turbo V8 petrol engine that develops 510bhp of max power @ 5,500 rpm and 700Nm of peak torque @ 1,750 rpm. The C 63 S boasts of plenty of sporty design cues with its AMG wheels and body kit to set itself apart from the standard car.
To justify the purpose of the car we drove the C 63 S on a race track.
Maserati Quattroporte: The uber luxurious Maserati Quattroporte made its India comeback in 2015. Maserati launched the car with a choice of two engines for India, a 3.0 litre, four cylinder turbo diesel engine and a 3.8 litre, all-aluminum V8 petrol engine developing 523bhp of max power and 650Nm of peak torque. The diesel Maserati Quattroporte is priced at Rs. 1.52 crore while the petrol GTS model is priced at Rs. 2.22 crore, ex-showroom Delhi.