The number of car launches in the compact sedan space in India shows no signs of abating anytime soon. The latest word from Tata Motors is that the car maker is indeed working on a sub-4 meter sedan for the Indian car market. An anonymous Tata Motors official, speaking to FinancialChronicle, has gone on to say that the Tata Motors is working on a “compact car”. However, it remains to be seen whether the new compact sedan is the facelifted version of the Indigo eCS or whether it is a car based on the Tata Manza.
A speculative render of the 2013 Tata Indigo eCS Facelift
As Tata Motors is readying up the Indigo eCS facelift for a launch in India later this year, it remains unclear whether the unnamed Tata official is actually talking about the Indigo eCS facelift or whether he’s talking about an all new compact sedan based on the Manza. Meanwhile, we just carried an exclusive render on how the Tata Indigo eCS Facelift will look like. Click here to read about it. In the next few months, two more compact sedans will hit the Indian car market. Honda is readying up the Brio Amaze compact sedan for an Indian launch in April while Mahindra is said to be looking at a May launch for the Verito CS.
Tata Motors kickstarted the whole concept of sub-4 meter compact sedans when it launched the Indigo eCS more than half a decade ago. In the face of increased competition, Tata Motors has lined up the facelifted version of the Indigo eCS. Incidentally, the best selling sedan in India is a compact sedan: the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. The whole concept of compact sedans center around the Indian government’s subsidy for cars measuring under 4 meters in length. Also, the snob value of sedans in India is higher than that of hatchbacks. This has led to a slew of car makers jumping on to the compact sedan brigade.
2013 Tata Manza Club Class Sedan
Many B+ segment hatchback buyers are only too willing to stretch that extra mile to hop on to the compact sedan brigade as driving around in a sedan is seen as more prestigious in India. Meanwhile, Tata Motors’ Nepal distributor, Sipradi Trading, has launched the Club Class edition of the Manza sedan in that country. Notably, the Club Class variants of the Manza were launched in India last year. The Manza Club Class sedan sold in Nepal comes in four variants, two featuring the 1.4 Liter petrol engine and the other two variants featuring 1.3 Multijet turbo diesel motor. The petrol variant starts at 2.445 Million Nepali Rupees while the diesel variant starts at 2.845 Million Nepali Rupees.
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