Honda Will Launch A New City-Based SUV & Jazz-Based Compact SUV (Price, Launch Date?)
SUVs are not only famous in India nowadays but they are catching the eyes of people all around the world. And Automakers are competing with each other in order to grab the attention of customers. According to sources in Japan, Honda is working on two new SUVs. It will introduce a new sub-compact SUV and a mid-sized SUV by 2023.
The Subcompact SUV will be based on the Jazz/Fit platform
Recently at Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2021 Honda showcased a new SUV concept, called the Honda RS SUV Concept. The concept previews the brand’s new compact SUV, which will be positioned between the WR-V and the HR-V.
The subcompact SUV will be based on the new generation Jazz/Fit platform. It will replace the current WR-V crossover. Currently, the Honda WR-V is available on sale in select international markets including India and Brazil.
The subcompact SUV will have the same engine and gearbox options as those are there in the new Jazz. It could receive a 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engine or a 1.5L naturally-aspirated petrol engine. The possibility of a hybrid version of the next-gen WR-V cannot be ruled out. The car might receive a 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine producing close to 120bhp and 175Nm of torque. Manual and automatic gearbox options will be on offer for sure.
Incidentally, Honda has scrapped the plan of introducing a subcompact SUV in India. This model is most likely to be introduced in Japan and South American markets only.
Another Mid-Sized SUV will be based on City Platform
Honda is also planning to launch a new mid-sized SUV, which could also arrive in our market by 2023. It will be based on the new City platform and will compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, and the MG Astor. The car which is Codenamed 31XA, it is being internally called S-SUV. In fact, Honda has trademarked the “Elevate” nameplate in India.
According to rumors, the new mid-sized SUV could also receive a 7-seater derivative. It will rival the Tata Safari, Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Alcazar, etc.