Upcoming Cars of 2013 above Rs 20 lakh
BMW 1 Series
Expected: Mid 2013, Price: Rs 18 - 22 lakh
There has been a constant debate on whether BMW India would ever introduce the 1 Series in India. Adding fuel to the fire was the introduction of the 1 Series Coupe which resulted in the speculation of a four door sedan based on the 1 Series, however to lay all rumours and visionary stories to rest, BMW India has confirmed that it is the 1 Series hatch will be making its Indian debut in 2013.
The car itself is a premium hatchback and boasts of the best of BMW's DNA. For enthusiasts who are looking for a pure driver's machine, the 1 Series fits the bill perfectly. It's small, powerful, well kitted, agile and touted to handle like its on rails. The icing on the cake however is the fact that it is rear wheel drive!
In terms of engines, the 1 Series is offered with two engine choices that boast various states of tune. the 1.6 petrol unit is available in both a 136bhp and 170bhp output while the 2.0 diesel unit is capable of producing 116bhp, 143bhp and 184bhp depending on the variant. While all these choices would be welcome by BMW aficionados in India, the company is most likely to bring in the 136bhp petrol and the 143bhp diesel but we are keeping our fingers crossed for the high end output variants as well.
Expected: Early 2013, Price: Rs. 18-28 lakh
Skoda’s flagship sedan is all set to go under the knife as well. Expect minor sheet-metal changes up front with restyled headlights, and re-profiled bumpers. In profile, the styling remains mostly the same. Changes to the tail lamps are due as well and is sure to look more in line with current-generation VW and Audi models.
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