Auto Expo 2018: Honda Cars India’s cars and concepts; launch details
At the ongoing Auto Expo 2018, Honda Cars India presented a great impressive lineup of cars and concept models. The expo also became the platform for the world premiere of the new generation Honda Amaze subcompact sedan.
Here is a list of the most important showcases from the house of Honda at the Auto Expo 2018:
Honda Sports EV Concept
Started with the most eye-catching and impressive showcase from the Japanese car major – the Honda Sports EV Concept. The Sports EV Concept that stole the limelight at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is now gracing the platform of the Auto Expo 2018. This two-seater all-electric sports car stuns with its striking combination of retro and futuristic styling and advanced features and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Sports EV Concept is based on the exclusive EV platform that underpins the striking Honda Urban EV Concept. The Sports EV Concept will hit the production in 2019 and will be launched globally in 2020. Alas, we can’t expect it to launch in India anytime soon.
Honda Clarity FCV
Honda India also showcased its highly acclaimed Honda Clarity in its fuel cell avatar. The Clarity FCV is one of the first hydrogen fuel cell cars in the world and in its global lineup also has a full-electric and plug-in hybrid versions. The Clarity FCV is the perfect green car with stunning looks, awesome technology, range and performance. India does not hope to get the award winning Honda Clarity lineup as well.\
New Honda Civic
The 10th generation Honda Civic was displayed at the expo, strengthening all the rumours of the Civic nameplate making a comeback in India. The global 2016 Honda Civic is the latest iteration of the world acclaimed sedan, and is a much bolder and sportier avatar compared against its predecessors.
In India, the current-gen Honda Civic is expected to come with the 2L petrol and 1.6L diesel engine options, offering 158bhp and 118bhp, respectively. The 6 speed manual transmission will be standard, while the petrol mill will have a CVT option.
The New Honda Civic is expected to launch in India in early 2019 with an expected price range of around Rs. 14-15 lakhs.;
New-gen Honda CR-V
Honda introduced the new generation Honda CR-V in India at the expo. The new generation CR-V for India comes with a first time 7-seater layout and also a new diesel engine option.
The fifth-gen Honda CR-V SUV gets an evolutionary design language and continues to get powered by the 2.4L petrol mill offering 181bhp and 240Nm and comes coupled with 5 speed automatic transmission. The CR-V will also come with a 1.6L twin-turbo diesel motor for the first time that offers 158bhp and 350Nm and gets paired to a 9 speed automatic transmission.
The new-gen Honda CR-V is likely to launch in India in mid-2018 with an expected price range of around Rs. 22-24 lakhs.
New Generation Honda Amaze
Most importantly, Honda Cars India made the world premiere of the new generation Honda Amaze at the expo. The second generation Amaze subcompact SUV comes with a new premium design language resembling the City. Apart from fully overhauled exterior design, the new Amaze also gets an updated cabin, added new features and a new CVT transmission.
The new Amaze gets a new tablet-like infotainment system, more up-class interiors and a new steering wheel borrowed from the City. The subcompact sedan carries over the same 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel mills from its predecessor offering 87 bhp/109Nm and 98bhp/200Nm, respectively. The 5 speed manual transmission continues, while a new CVT gearbox option has been added.
The new-gen Honda Amaze is likely to launch in the next couple of months with an expected starting tag of around Rs. 5.70 lakhs.;
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