Japanese car maker Honda is going through difficult times in the Indian market. Due to a lack of SUVs and new range of vehicles, Honda Cars India sales are constantly falling. The company must close its factory in Greater Noida and stop production at its factory in Tapukara, Rajasthan. However, Honda has announced its new product strategy that includes a new SUV for the Indian market. The company is reportedly developing two new SUVs – a sub-4-meter and a mid-sized SUV, which will be launched in 2023 and 2024 respectively. In addition, Honda has also started testing the City facelift in Thailand.
Honda will first launch a new sub-4 meter SUV, which will reportedly be called the new Honda WR-V. For those not in the know, Honda will showcase a new compact SUV based on the RS SUV concept on November 2, 2022. It will reportedly be called the new Honda WR-V and will be based on the new BR-V/City platform. . On the other hand, Indian media reports that the compact SUV will be based on the Amaze platform which shares similarities with the City sedan. In fact, the new mid-sized SUV would also reportedly be based on the new WR-V platform.
The Indonesian Honda WR-V is said to be about 4.1 meters long and will rival the Nissan Magnite, Kia Sonet and Toyota Raize. For those who don’t know, the Kia Sonet for sale in Indonesia is over 4 meters long. For India, Honda Cars India will have to make some design changes to keep the length below 4 meters. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that will power the City sedan. The company could also introduce the new model with strong hybrid technology to our market.
Honda’s new mid-sized SUV
Honda is also developing a new mid-sized SUV to compete against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Maruti Grand Vitara. The new model will also share the platform with the new WR-V SUV. It is reportedly offered with two seating arrangements – 5 and 7 seats with later ride on a longer wheelbase. The new model is expected to share styling cues from Honda’s global SUVs, including the HR-V and the new CR-V. It will likely share engine options – a 1.5L NA petrol and a 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine with e:HEV technology.
Interestingly, Honda has started testing the City facelift in Thailand. The upgraded model will come with design changes and an improved cabin. It will have a new front end with revised bumpers and air dams, along with a new grille. The rear gets a revised bumper and there is a spoiler above the boot lid. In the cabin, the sedan could receive a revised infotainment system with wireless connectivity and new connected car technology. With facelift, Honda removes the diesel version of the City sedan from our market. It will likely be offered with two engines: a 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine with e:HEV technology.
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Upcoming Honda Cars – 2 SUVs, 1 Sedan