In a bid to bolster its footing in the burgeoning Indian autocar market, Honda has decided to roll out eight new models in the next three years. Honda’s big model expansion project will kick start with the launch of its new, sub-four-meter long Brio-based saloon that will compete against the Swift Dzire, the current leader in the mid-size segment. The Brio saloon will come with a lightweight, fuel-efficient, 1.5 diesel motor, developed by ex-Formula 1 engineers.
Next in the pipeline is the diesel version of the Brio hatchback. However, its launch has been stalled for now as Honda is still undecided about its pricing.
However, the big surprise could be the launch of the next-gen Honda City that is likely to be released by December2013 or for a 2014 Auto Expo debut. The new City will be powered by Honda’s latest petrol and diesel motors and is expected to win them back their most coveted “king of the segment” title.
The next-gen Jazz is expected to come by 2013. In order to pip the sales of its pricey hatchback, Honda plans to launch it in 1.2 petrol and the new 1.5 diesel engines that would bring down its costs considerably.
Honda is also working on a Brio-based MPV with three rows of seats. Honda’s all-new MPV is expected at the end of 2014 and should come with a 1.5 petrol and diesel.
Also on the cards is a compact SUV that is due for release sometime in 2015. This seven-seater SUV will be more of a crossover with a focus on driving dynamics and fuel efficiency rather than off-road capability.
Also in queue is the next-generation CR-V, which is being lined-up for a January 2013 launch. The CR-V will not come with a diesel yet and neither will the next generation Accord, which is also due for a 2013 launch.