Japanese auto giant Honda has made quite an established mark in the Indian Auto segment. Starting off in 1995 with precisely one car, Honda Cars India has risen to some really tall heights. Back then they were known only for their one infamous car, the Honda City. However, today they are competing in almost every car segment in India and doing rather well in some of them. In this article, we will take a look some of the highly anticipated launches that the Hamamatsu based marquee will be bringing out in India. So let’s commence with our list of the upcoming Honda new car launches.
Earlier this year, Honda launched an all-new Amaze compact sedan with refreshed aesthetics and a host of new equipment. About a month before that, Honda showcased a thoroughly updated Brio with a similar front profile as seen on the new Amaze at the Indonesian International Motors Show. Along with the standard Brio, a beautiful and sporty Brio RS was also showcased along with it. In their previous generations, the Brio and Amaze were pretty much the same cars save for the Amaze’s extended boot. The exterior of the Brio RS strongly resembles the Amaze in appearance with the front looking almost the exact same. The only difference is observed with the front grille and fog lamp housing.
The edge of the headlamp is also slightly curved-upwards on the Brio which is sharp and straight on the Amaze. The side profile of both cars is also almost identical. The main difference is observed in the rear where the Brio gets an entirely different hatch-style boot and fang-shaped tail lights. The Brio’s interior is surprisingly not the exact copy of the Amaze and takes inspiration from the new Jazz and the Amaze. As for the engine options you can expect the similar 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Petrol as seen on the new Amaze. It still remains to be seen whether the Diesel variants will make it to the new Brio or not. The previous generation Brio wasn’t exactly hugely successful in India. But with the updated appearance and redesigned feature-loaded interiors, we expect this iteration to do much better.
The next car on our list of Honda new car launches competes in the increasingly popularity garnering crossover segment. Honda’s Indian line-up got some much-needed spice with the launch of the WR-V crossover in 2017. Since then the WR-V has received a very positive response and has been under high demand. The initial demand was so high that Honda had to scale up their production to reduce the mounting wait-times for the car. Recently Honda launched a special edition “EDGE” variant of the WR-V packing a few extra bits of equipment and a brand new paint scheme and alloy design. Next on the pipeline is a thoroughly updated facelift of the WR-V crossover.
Currently, both the WR-V and Jazz suffer from one major problem which is the 1.2 petrol engine’s uninspiring performance. While this flaw is somewhat less noticeable on the Jazz, the WR-V makes it very apparent with its added weight. On the face-lifted WR-V we certainly expect to see the City’s potent 1.5-litre petrol mill. Apart from that, you can also expect a few more add-ons in the equipment department like full LED lights/projectors, Auto-dimming ORVM’s, adjustable headrests and Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity. Despite missing on these features, the WR-V is already performing quite well. With the facelift, this response is only expected to get better.
In the previous decade, Honda’s success in India can be primarily attributed to two very successful models. One is, of course, the Honda City since it was their debut launch in India. Their next most renowned model is their premium D-Segment sedan, the Civic. The previous generation Civic was discontinued by Honda in 2013 due to its lack of a diesel variant and the copious fuel consumption in the petrol variant. Despite this very major flaw and premium pricing, the Civic was doing rather well back then. In fact, apart from its lack of a diesel option, the Civic doesn’t really have any other notable flaw. Now finally, after a very long hiatus, Honda will be re-introducing the Civic back into the market. The new Civic that is going to be launched here is the 10th generation which was launched internationally in 2016.
This latest Honda Civic is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. From the sharp and sleek LED headlamp cluster to the fastback style rear-section, every inch just looks really good! Move to the inside and you are greeted with a loaded, plush and at the same time a very sporty cockpit. Like the previous Civic, the interior room is immense and should be able to comfortably seat 5 people. In terms of engine options, Honda has developed a brand new 1.0 Litre Turbocharged VTEC engine which puts out an unbelievable 126 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Also available is going to be a much needed 1.6-litre diesel which should cater to a larger audience now. Honda has already put up an update on their Indian website about the new Civic’s imminent launch. Stay tuned to our blog for future information pertaining to the new Honda Civic.
Like we mentioned earlier, crossovers and compact SUVs are garnering loads of sales in our country nowadays. Cars like the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and Ford EcoSport have strongly established their brand image across the country. Honda also seeks to catch a piece of this action with their internationally acclaimed Vezel Compact SUV also known as the HR-V. The HR-V will be positioned below the newly launched full-size CR-V which now gets a 3rd row of seats. The Honda HR-V got a comprehensive facelift earlier this year. It now comes with a full LED headlamp cluster as seen on the Civic along with the new trademark Honda front grille design. Strong character lines flow across the sides of the HR-V which neatly integrate with the car’s C-pillar.
The rear of the car is also shaped very aggressively with a prominent bulge and wraparound LED tail lamps. Moving to the interior, you are greeted to a cabin strongly inspired by the Jazz and City. The HR-V is thankfully powered by the same powerplant option as seen on the City. As for the Diesel option, it is internationally sold with a 1.6-litre iDTEC engine as seen on the Civic. But for India, we expect the HR-V to come with the City’s more frugal 1.5-litre option instead. Honda is yet to make an official statement regarding the HR-V launched as such. However, considering the immensely increasing popularity of the Compact SUV segment in the country, we estimate Honda will be looking to capitalize on this segment very soon.
The last car on our list of Honda new car launches really needs no introduction. While it’s not their most popular international mode, it sure as hell is their most popular offering in the country. Since its first generation appeared in 1998, the Honda City has simply outclassed every other car in the C2-sedan segment. Even in recent times despite the strong competition from Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki and Toyota the City is still strongly holding its fort backed by its established reputation. The current generation Honda City was launched in 2013 with a minor facelift in 2017. With 5 years of service, it’s time for the next generation to take its place.
The new City will most likely have its styling and cues reminiscent of the recently showcased Honda Insight concept car. While it won’t look as revolutionary as the concept, you can certainly hope to see a modified silhouette of the existing version. Along with that, the new Civic-like LED headlamp cluster should also make it to the production version. Since the launch date will be close to the launch of BS-6 emission norms, brand new engines are also expected. It is still uncertain if they will be a tweaked variant of the existing options or entirely built from scratch. Also expected will be a micro-hybrid system as seen already on the Ciaz. While the current City is quite loaded on the inside, the newer one is expected to pack even more equipment and plusher interior.