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The sedan segment will have a lot to offer this year. Here’s what you can look forward to

This year is set to see some major revamping in the sedan segment, with Audi set to replace its ageing flagship, Mercedes gearing up to bring an all-new, entry-level sedan and the possible return of the Civic to Honda’s stable.

Here is a look at what to expect this year.

AUDI A6 | early 2019

The new A6 is a car Audi hopes will get it ‘back in the game’ in India. The A6 is sharply styled, loaded with tech and is primed to take on competition in the form of the Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5-Series.

The eighth-generation sedan is likely to get mild-hybrid engines only, with a plug-in hybrid expected to be introduced later. The most popular engine for India is likely to remain the 2.0 TDI that makes 204hp and 400Nm of torque, while a larger, 3.0-litre diesel mill is also expected. In response to the growing demand for a petrol engine, Audi could bring in a 252hp, 2.0 TFSI as well.

The new A6 is expected to offer fit and finish levels identical to those on the new A8 flagship, with the cabin also drawing inspiration from the same; it gets a digital cockpit and touchscreen-based functions. Audi also claims there is more headroom, shoulder room and legroom in the back than before, which will be a welcome change.

VOLVO S60 | End 2019

After the XC40, the next big thing from the house of Volvo will be the new S60 sedan. Along with the SPA platform and exterior and interior styling, the new S60 also shares its safety and Sensus Connect infotainment systems with other Volvos. Also part of the package is the optional Pilot Assist system and City Safety autonomous braking capability.

The S60 is expected to be offered with a choice of four petrol engines, including two plug-in hybrids. Yes, there will be no diesel engines on offer. Engine options include Volvo’s 390hp, 2.0-litre, supercharged T8 Twin Engine, and an entry-level 250hp, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged T5. An 8-speed automatic gearbox is standard on all variants.

HONDA CIVIC | Feb 2019

Honda is expected to re-launch the Civic in 2019, with the recently facelifted model. The refreshed sedan gets subtle changes such as piano-black accents for the exterior and a more angular front bumper with chrome elements for the fog lamp housings. New alloy wheel designs are also part of the mild revision. On the inside, there’s a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The India-bound Civic is expected to come with the choice of a 140hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine and the 120hp, 1.6-litre diesel from the CR-V. A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard with a six-speed automatic option likely for the petrol.

AUDI A4 FACELIFT | Mid 2019

Audi will also bring in the facelifted version of the fifth-generation A4 next year. Changes include slightly sharper styling elements on the outside, bigger side skirts, and a new grille design. All trims are likely to get a 7.0-inch infotainment screen and satellite navigation as standard. The 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel are expected to soldier on with the facelift.

MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS L SEDAN | End 2019

Mercedes could launch the long-wheelbase version of its new A-Class sedan in 2019. Not to be mistaken for the next-gen CLA, the A-Class L sedan — as it is officially named in China — receives a 60mm longer wheelbase than the standard variant. This maximises rear seat space, making it the roomiest sedan in its class. Inside, the new adopts the same high-quality dashboard and advanced infotainment functions as the new A-Class hatchback. Engine options could include a 163hp, 1.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol and a 116hp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be on offer.

BMW 3-Series | End 2019

The new 3-Series is 55kg lighter and 10mm lower than the outgoing model and is expected to be fitted with the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever seen in a production BMW. The car also features an updated 8-speed Steptronic transmission and boasts a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. On the inside, the 3-Series gets gloss and chrome elements on the dash and around the AC vents in response to the tastefully done interiors of the Mercedes C-Class. The car is also set to ditch the part-digital instrument cluster for a full-digital instrument screen.

HYUNDAI ELANTRA FACELIFT | End 2019

Hyundai has taken the wraps off the 2019 Elantra — and if no one told you otherwise, you’d almost think it was an all-new car. It gets an extensive overhaul inside and out. But the big change with the Elantra facelift could be the addition of an all-new, BS-VI-compliant, 1.5-litre diesel engine, alongside the 2.0-litre petrol.

TOYOTA CAMRY | early 2019

Spun off of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), the new Camry is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, and the length of its wheelbase has gone up by 50mm. This should liberate more room inside an already spacious cabin. The makeover continues on the inside with a sweeping dashboard design and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system that’s neatly incorporated into the centre console. For India, the new Camry will be offered in standard as well as hybrid form. The engine on offer is expected to be a reworked 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol motor making 176hp in the standard petrol guise, and paired with an electric motor to develop 208hp in the Hybrid. Transmission options are likely to include a new 8-speed torque converter automatic for the standard version, and a 6-step CVT for the Hybrid.

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