Upcoming Cars of 2013 from Rs 15 lakh to 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. However, at this price range do not expect to own a top-of-the-line variant.
Next-gen Honda Accord
Expected: Mid 2013, Price: Rs 20 lakh
The 2013 Honda Accord takes technology performance and design to the next level. In its ninth generation, the Accord offers features of entry level luxury sedans, such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Camera and multi-angle reversing camera while airbags are expected to be standard. The new Accord will now sport a 282PS, V6 petrol motor besides a 2.4-litre, inline 4, 187PS engine. Transmission options include six-speed manual and automatic.
The body made of high strength steel using Revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering, is supposed to have improved frontal crash safety. The completely redesigned insides feature black, grey and ivory leather or cloth upholstery and dual zone climate control.
A new MacPherson strut front suspension and steel and aluminium front subframe improve ride and handling. The new electronic power steering uses an electric motor instead of a hydraulic system.