Like most other car makers in India, Japanese automaker Honda has rolled out huge discounts on almost all its cars sold here. From the entry-level Brio to the top-end CR-V, here’s a quick walk through of the various discounts on offer.
The smallest, and the least priced Honda in India – the Brio hatchback – is available with free first-year insurance. The cost of insurance comes up to about 20,000 rupees. The Brio sold here gets a 1.2 liter petrol engine with 87 Bhp-109 Nm on tap. 5 speed manual and automatic gearboxes are on offer. There’s no diesel engine available. Prices of the Honda Brio start from Rs. 4.66 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The Brio competes with the Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10.
The Amaze compact sedan will soon be replaced by an all-new model, which is expected to be here by the middle of next year. The car gets a huge, 60,000 rupee discount, on both petrol and diesel models. The discount is split into a 13,000 rupee cash offer, free-insurance of about Rs. 25,000, a 2 year maintenance package worth Rs. 7,000, and a Rs. 20,000 exchange bonus. The Amaze is offered with the same petrol engine as the Brio, with a manual gearbox and a CVT automatic option instead of a torque converter. The 1.5 liter i-DTEC all aluminium turbo diesel motor with 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm is offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Prices of the Amaze start from Rs. 5.51 lakhs. The Amaze takes on the Maruti Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent.
The Jazz premium hatchback is a distant third in terms of sales numbers, with both the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 occupying the first two places. The Jazz gets a 60,000 rupee discount that comprises of free first year insurance worth about 30,000 rupees and an exchange bonus of Rs. 30,000. The car shares its engines options with the Amaze. The Diesel gets a 6 speed manual gearbox instead of the 5 speed unit on the Amaze. The rest of the petrol engine gearboxes are the same as the ones on the Amaze. Prices start from Rs. 5.89 lakhs.
Honda’s best seller – the City sedan – generally has no discounts on it. However, stiff competition from the Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz has pressurized Honda to offer discounts of up to Rs. 35,000 in terms of free first-year insurance. The car gets 2 engine options – a 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine (117 Bhp-145 Nm) and a 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm). The petrol motor gets 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes while the diesel motor gets a 6 speed manual. Prices of the City start from Rs. 8.58 lakhs.
The BR-V is a 7 seat compact SUV whose rivals include the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta. The vehicle shares its engine and gearbox options with the City sedan. It is available with a massive 1 lakh rupee discount. Prices start from Rs. 9.08 lakhs.
The Honda CR-V will be replaced by an all-new model next year, with 7 seats and a diesel engine option. The soft-roader, which is Honda’s flagship SUV, gets a 1.5 lakh rupee discount. Currently, the CR-V is offered with 2 petrol engines, both of them naturally aspirated. The 2 liter motor makes 154 Bhp-190 Nm, and gets a 5 speed automatic gearbox while the bigger, 2.4 liter motor makes 187 Bhp-226 Nm, and a 6 speed automatic gearbox. While the smaller motor drives the front wheels, the bigger engine is sold with a four wheel drive mode.