Honda Cars India is currently working to launch the all-new City, which was expected to be launched in March. Honda has always been a pioneer in the sedan segment in India and the two successful cars – City and Amaze are the perfect example. Honda is now working on two all-new SUVs that will feed the demand for the SUVs in the Indian market. Currently, Honda offers two SUV models – the WR-V and the CR-V. Going forward, we will get to see two all-new SUVs from the brand.
According to ACI, Honda is working on two all-new models that will be launched in the two extremely popular segments – the sub-4m compact SUV and the mid-size SUV. The sub-4m compact SUV segment saw an addition of two all-new models including the all-new Hyundai Venue and the all-new Mahindra XUV300. The segment sees a stiff competition and there are quite a few cars like the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and more. It is one of the fastest-growing segments in the Indian market. Kia Motors will launch the all-new Sonet in the same segment later this year.
The second SUV from Honda will be a mid-size SUV that also is becoming extremely popular. Last year, the segment saw a major revamp with the launch of Kia Seltos. Earlier this year, Hyundai launched the updated, all-new version of the Creta, which has also become quite popular and has gathered a lot of bookings. The segment is dominated by the Creta but the arrival of Seltos last year caused the segment to grow. There are quite a few other cars in the segment that directly rivals the Creta and the Seltos. These cars include the Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur.
Honda is still a few years away from the launch of the all-new SUVs. Both the cars will be based on the 2UA platform that underpins the all-new Amaze. The sub-4m compact SUV will be launched first between the two and since it is still in the development stage, the production version is expected to be launched in 2022. It is expected to get powered by a petrol engine and might get a diesel engine. The inclusion of the diesel engine depends on the demand for diesel cars at that time.
The mid-size SUV that will take on the Creta and Seltos will be launched by the end of 2022 or 2023. Honda Global earlier registered the ZR-V model name but the manufacturer has not officially said anything about the nameplate coming to India yet. Honda will launch the all-new City and will also officially launch the facelifted version of the WR-V in the Indian market soon.