Honda Car India has recently updated its current portfolio with minor nip and tuck. We recently saw the launch of the Amaze facelift whereas both the Jazz and WR-V were also updated. Honda Car India is clearly lacking a fresh product lineup and there is no offering above the City. Both the CR-V and Civic were discontinued and Honda desperately needs a range of SUVs for India. Thankfully, there are some upcoming cars of Honda in the Indian market and two could be SUVs.
Upcoming Cars from Honda in India
Here are the upcoming cars of Honda in India that are supposed to get launched in the coming years. The said timeline could vary and Honda could also tweak the upcoming lineup as per the market demand and response.
Honda City e:HEV Hybrid
Honda India will soon launch the e:HEV hybrid variant of the new City. While it was launched along with the petrol variants in the Thai markets, Honda Car India has gauged the response for the expensive hybrid powertrain. On a positive note, Honda Car India has confirmed the launch of the City e:HEV hybrid that is slated for mid-2022.
Talking about the powertrain first, it gets the 1.5-litre petrol engine that churns out 98Hp & 127 Nm of torque. The engine follows the Atkinson cycle and the electric motor puts out 109Hp and 253 Nm of torque. It will be the most-fuel efficient mass-market car in the Indian market with a claimed range of over 27.8 km/l. We expect Honda to price the City e:HEV Hybrid in the range of 16-18 lakh ex-showroom.
2021 Honda HR-V
Honda had revealed the new HR-V for the global markets earlier this year. The new HR-V, that is also known as Vezel in some markets, has adopted a coupe SUV stance. The design has become more futuristic with some subtle modern touches like sleeker LED headlights and taillights. It gets neat touches on the inside with the use of high-quality materials.
Talking of the powertrains, the HR-V comes with the conventional petrol engine, mated to a CVT gearbox and a dual electric motor hybrid powertrain that is similar to that of the City e:HEV. Honda India was considering the previous generation of the HR-V, however, the plans were axed due to low levels of localisation. Having said that, Honda Car India could consider the new HR-V for the Indian market.
2021 Honda BR-V
Honda has just revealed the 2021 BR-V for the Indonesian markets and it’s the production-spec model of the N7X. 2021 Honda BR-V is the second-gen model of the BR-V that was earlier on sale in India. The design of the new BR-V is a lot smoother than before with clean lines. However, to uplift the appeal, Honda has added some SUV touches to the mix.
On the inside, the dashboard design is similar to that of the India-spec Amaze. On the powertrain front, the new BR-V gets the sole 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine that also powers the India-spec City. If Honda launches the new BR-V in India, it may also receive the 1.5-litre diesel engine. Honda could launch the new BR-V in India in the second half of 2022.
Creta-rival Compact SUV
While all the cars we have listed above are international models, Honda Car India is engineering a Creta-rivaling SUV, specially designed for the Indian market. It could offer a host of features to gain traction in the competitive space that is lead by the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
The upcoming SUV will be based on City’s platform with some changes made to the dimensions. Thanks to the modular platform, it could also be made available in 7-seater variants. On the powertrain front, the upcoming SUV could share its engine options with the City, which in question are the 1.5-litre i-VTEC and 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine options. Honda could launch the Creta-rival Compact SUV in the Indian market in 2023.
Here were all the upcoming cars of Honda in the Indian market. While some have been confirmed, Honda is still evaluating the launch of the vehicles like the 2021 HR-V. The new range of products will help Honda to regain its lost market share.
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