Honda Cars India is gearing up for a thorough portfolio revamp…
Honda’s line-up in the Indian market is going to get reduced to just two models as the RDE norms compelled the company to discontinue some of their key models such as the fourth generation City, City diesel, Amaze diesel, WR-V and Jazz. But the company will struggle to survive in this market with just two models in hand, whereas the competitors have 2-3 times the number of models in their range. Honda is working on introducing as many as 3 new models in 2023, and implementing a complete portfolio revamp. Here are all we know of the 3 upcoming Honda cars and SUVs this year…
New Honda Midsize SUV
A teaser of a mid-size SUV from Honda was released recently. Auto enthusiasts were very excited to know what Honda had for them. The company has stated that the new SUV will be launched in India soon. They expect to bring the new car to the showrooms before the festive season. It will be underpinned by the modified version of the existing Amaze platform. It will come with two engine options, 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre e:HEV strong hybrid petrol engine. It is still unclear whether the New-gen global WR-V has inspired the design of the new SUV, as no complete image is released by the company yet. The feature-rich interior will also carry a new electronic architecture. Upon launch, it’ll compete against Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, MG Astor, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushag, etc.
Next-Gen Honda Amaze
The second generation of entry-level sedan is making quite the buzz in the auto market. Honda is all set to bring the generation update to the current Amaze. The third-gen amaze will be introduced to the Indian market in 2024, the same year as its global debut. The updated version will have an evolved version of the current platform. The fifth-generation City and the latest model of Accord will provide inspiration for the exterior features. More features and connectivity techs will be introduced into the cabin also. A large touchscreen infotainment system is also expected. A diesel engine is unlikely to be offered in the update, as the 1.2-litre four-cylinder NA petrol engine will power the Amaze. Next-gen Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Aura and Tata Tigor will be the main rivals of the new sedan.
Honda City Facelift
One of the most anticipated updates from Honda is the facelift of their most popular model, the Honda City. The camouflaged test mule has been on test for quite some time now. The facelift will come with cosmetic revisions and a new strong hybrid variant might be available in the line-up. The facelift might be priced from Rs 14-18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Hyundai Verna, VW Virtus, Skoda Slavia, and Maruti Ciaz will be the main rivals of the new City.