2015 saw Honda Cars get back into the groove of making cars in India, for India. The company has already seen a lot of success when it comes to the City and even the Jazz, while the Amaze still manages to bring in the moolah. But 2016 holds a lot of promise as well as the company plans to enter a new segment and revive some old marquees. Here’s a list of what to expect.
We saw the BR-V make its debut in India at the Auto Expo 2016 and the company has already said that the car will make its way to India this year. Prior to this, the SUV had made an appearance at the 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. Crafted on the “Active Solid Motion” design philosophy, the new BR-V is conceived on the versatile Brio platform which also underpins models such as Mobilio and Amaze
We’ve driven the car and most of the features on the car will be carried forward to the one coming to India. The car is equipped with angular headlamps with projector units and LED DRLs, aggressive front bumper housing, round fog lamps with chrome bezels, and a prominent U-shaped chrome slat with the Honda badge on the front grille.
The BR-V will come to India as a 7-seater and the company promises that the third row will be more accommodating when compared to its rivals. Yes, there is a bit of a similarity when it comes to the design of the car and we are reminded of the Mobilio in many respects. The most prominent elements are the new tail-lamp cluster that gives the feel of a single unit with C-shaped lights on both sides, the thick chrome slat at the centre of the tail gate, and the rear skid plate.
Under the hood, the Honda BR-V compact SUV sports a 1.5-litre SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power of 117bhp and a peak torque of 146Nm. The SUV will also feature a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit that powers the City and Mobilio, producing 99bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Transmission options will include Honda’s signature CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox along with a 5-speed unit.
Expected Price: 10-15 lakh
Expected Launch: Mid 2016
Honda Accord Hybrid
With cars like the Camry gaining a lot of ground, Honda is planning to play its card in the full-size sedan segments with the new Accord. Now, the new Accord will come in the hybrid avtaar and that’s a good thing. Toyota has sold over 700 units of the Camry hybrid in India since its launch 8 months ago, and considering how well it has done, Honda would surely want a piece of the pie. It’s the ninth generation of the car that will make its way to India and we expect the US-specification Accord to touchdown in India.
The car is powered by a 2-litre, 16-valve i-VTEC petrol engine that’s mated to the electric motor which derives power from the on-board lithium-ion battery. The petrol unit churns out 141bhp, but the system’s combined output is a 196bhp with a generous 306Nm of torque. The transmission is an electronic CVT, which is designed to handle all that torque.
Expected Price: 30 – 35 lakh
Expected Launch: Mid 2016
Honda Amaze Facelift
Honda’s first ever diesel car in India, the Amaze, will turn 3 in April, 2016. The car is still very popular, but with some really capable competitors in the market like Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent and the Maruti Swift Dzire facelift, it has become more of a necessity for Honda to update the vehicle. That said, the company recently launched a new variant of the car with an AVN package and few other changes in terms of features. The updated Amaze will continue to feature the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines.
Expected Price – 5.20 lakh – 8.50 lakh
Expected Launch – Late 2016