Top 4 upcoming sedans in 2023: From new Verna to Honda City

Most car manufacturers in India are focusing more on SUVs. Comfortable and sporty sedans have become an almost forgotten segment. With the launch of Škoda Slavia and VW Virtus, this segment has been revived. Things seem to be changing and it appears as if sedans are gaining popularity again.
In this article, let’s take a look at upcoming sedans in India.
1. 2023 Hyundai Verna
The Hyundai Verna got a minor facelift in 2020. And now, it’s due to get a big facelift. The test miles of the new-generation Verna has been spotted testing several times in India multiple times. The new Verna gets major design changes to the exterior, it will be based on the brand’s new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design philosophy.

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Picture of 2023 Hyundai Elantra for reference.

The sedan is expected to get design cues from Elantra. The new Verna is expected to get a large grille with a split headlamp setup. At the back, the sedan will feature angular LED tail lamps connected via a reflective strip.
Talking about the powertrain, the new Verna is expected to be continued with the 1.5-litre VTVT petrol and 1.5-litre CRDI Turbodiesel. It is also rumoured that the new Verna might receive mild-hybrid technology which slightly improves fuel efficiency. Gearbox options will include a 6-speed manual or an Automatic transmission.
It is expected that the new Verna will go into production next month. We expect it to be priced between Rs 10-16 Lakh (ex-showroom), the new 2023 Verna will continue to take on the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus.
2. Honda City facelift
Honda cars India launched the fifth-gen Honda City in July 2020. Now it’s time for the minor facelift. With this update, the City will get cosmetic changes and new variants with additional features.
The new City will get minor cosmetic changes such as revised front and rear bumpers, headlights, re-designed alloy wheels and new colour options. It will also get additional features such as ventilated seats, ADAS functionality, an updated infotainment system and many more. It is also expected that the variant lineup will be revamped.

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The new Honda City will be available in petrol-only or petrol-hybrid models. The diesel powertrain will be discontinued due to upcoming RDE norms. The Honda City will be powered by a 1.5-litre NA petrol engine which puts out 119 bhp of power and 145 Nm of torque.
The hybrid variants of the sedan will be powered by the 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired with electric motors which put out 124 bhp of power and 253 Nm of torque.

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The prices for the updated City are expected to start from Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, it continues to compete with Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, VW Virtus, Skoda Slavia and the upcoming Hyundai Verna.
3. Mercedes Benz A-Class
Mercedes Benz India bought the A-Class sedan in India in 2020. The sedan recently received a mid-life facelift globally and in India, it is expected to get one sometime in 2023.
The new A-Class will get a revised front bumper, LED headlamps, and new alloy wheels. The grille is I’ll feature a new star pattern and slimmer centre chrome trim. At the rear, it gets re-designed tail lamps.

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The interior of the 2023 A-Class will be largely unchanged. The infotainment will get a new MBUX UI and will also get a fingerprint scanner. The A-Class will get driver-assistance features such as lane keep assist, auto emergency braking and next-generation auto park assist.
In terms of powertrain options, it is likely to continue with the same 2.0-litre turbo diesel and 1.3-litre turbo petrol engines paired with Dual clutch transmission. The 1.3-litre Petrol might get Mike a hybrid setup.
4. Volvo S60 facelift
Another luxury sedan on the list is the Volvo S60 sedan. The 2023 S60 will get minor cosmetic enhancements for the exterior and new features.

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The sedan gets a revised grille with redesigned air intakes. It also gets a rear apron with exhaust pipes and re-designed alloy wheels. Moving on to the inside, the S60 will get an Android-based infotainment system with inbuilt Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play Store.
The new S60 will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine which puts out 190 bhp of power. The engine will also get mild hybrid tech. The prices for the new S60 are expected to start from 50 lakh (Ex-showroom). When launched it continues to compete with BMW 5 series, Mercedes Benz E-Class and Jaguar XF.

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