Upcoming Cars of 2013 from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Nissan Sunny Automatic
Expected: February 2013, Price: Rs 7.5 – 8.5 lakh
Japanese car maker Nissan plans to launch the Sunny in an ‘autobox’ option. Mated to a six speed CVT, the petrol motor is likely to be priced Rs 80,000 dearer than the manual. The popular diesel version may contribute to the bulk of the Sedan’s sales in India, however, the Sunny CVT would be a great option for buyers who drive themselves over a short distance.
Powertrain on the Sunny CVT will be the 1.5 litre motor, currently doing duty in the manual gearbox version of the Sunny petrol.
Face-lifted Fiat Linea
Expected launch: Mid 2013, Price: Rs. 6.5 - 9 lakh
The 2013 Fiat Linea mid-size sedan is due a facelift for 2013. It was introduced in Turkey earlier in 2012. The revamped car’s exterior styling updates include a new front bumper with revised fog lamp housings and a new grille. At the back, is a new bumper with a big strip of chrome. The number plate housing is relocated from the bumper to the boot lid, with a chrome strip on top.
The interiors have been given a new lease of life with Fiat 500 inspired dashboard with a curvy contrasting colour section (in this case beige) across the centre. The instrument binnacle is reshaped while retaining the circular dials that now have a black background. The old air-conditioning vents have been replaced with more modern ones, there is a new integrated stereo and new air-con controls. The steering wheel has been given silver inserts.
The face-lifted Fiat Linea has a more modern and appealing interior while exterior styling changes are modest at best.