Honda has witnessed quite a prosperous year in 2014 in the Indian market and to continue with the same performance, company has already sketched out plans for unveiling new models in 2015. To make its position firm in the industry, Honda has started the year with the introduction of Audio Video Navigation system in both Brio and Amaze. Next on the cards are some soon to be released cars from company’s stable. Lets take a look.
Also being called as the new baby Honda City, the next-gen Jazz was first showcased at the Auto Expo last year. Already under production, the Jazz might be ready to release any time this year. The car gets a 1.5 litre i-DTEC fuel efficient diesel engine churning out a powerful 99bhp. The model is also reported to get a petrol sibling with CVT automatic transmission coupled with steering mounted paddle shifters. When launched, Jazz will face stiff competition from Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Punto Evo and Hyundai Elite i20.
Honda is planning to step in the compact SUV segment with its brand new model Vezel. This under 4-sub-meter SUV will come in options of fuel efficient 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine and 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The car is going to compete with Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and other upcoming compact SUVs. The car will also be retailed to other countries like United States, Australia and Canada under the nameplate HR-V.
The iconic Accord is set to be launched with its plug-in hybrid tech version in the year 2015 or early 2016. The company has aptly named it as next gen Accord. The model is expected to pack either a 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine or a 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine. In terms of plug-in hybrid technology, the sedan is one of the most technologically advance cars among its peers. By offering the new sedan, Honda plans to affect the sales of Toyota Camry in India. The new Accord is already up for sale in United States and other American countries.
The earliest SUV in the country with a curvaceous body, Honda CR-V will get a major facelift. The major change will be in the form of a powerful fuel efficient diesel engine. Already available in UK and other countries, the car is expected to come to India with a 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine churning out a maximum power of 148bhp and peak torque of 350Nm. The car might also retain its 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre i-VTEC petrol trims.
Honda has already started to grab the headlines by recently announcing the launch of its two refreshed models-Amaze and Brio. Not only does the Amaze and Brio get the new Audio Video Navigation system, but they also pack in interesting technologies such as Advanced White illumination Speedometer, exclusively crafted Electronically Foldable ORVMs while Brio gets all black interiors for its VX variant.
Seeing the rising trend of turbocharged petrol engines, the company is also rumored to be in talks of introducing such powertrains in the country in near future. The announcement of the new Turbo VTEC petrol engines was made at the ongoing 2015 Detroit Motor Show. At present we have such vehicles from Tata, Volkswagen, Ford and Fiat in the country.
With new cars and facelifts in the pipeline along with so many exciting technologies and enhanced engine options, the Japanese automaker is undoubtedly on the roll.