Honda will unveil its compact-SUV by May 2021 to take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue and more.
The Compact-SUV space in India is breathing fire in terms of the high sales volume the products in this class garner. The cars are feature-loaded with powerful engines and automatic transmissions on offer. Some manufacturers have failed to mark their presence in this segment and Honda is one of them. The Japanese manufacturer has not sold any compact-SUV in the Indian market till date. The Jazz-based WR-V was doing the job with its jacked-up stance, but the market surely has some better products now.
Honda's sub-4m compact-SUV is expected to based on Honda's Urban SUV concept.
Top honchos at Honda have understood this fact, and going by the reports of Japanese media, the manufacturer will soon introduce a compact-SUV globally. The manufacturer will unveil this compact-SUV globally around mid-2020. If rumours are to be believed, the local debut would be in May 2021. The compact-SUV from Honda will be based on Amaze’s platform. The light-weight platform of Amaze is capable enough to be modulated for various body styles to mount different engines and seating layout without compromising on the overall safety of the architecture.
The compact-SUV from Honda is expected to come with 2 engines option in the Japanese market – a 1.0L 3-cylinder turbo-petrol motor and a 1.5L petrol-hybrid with 2 electric motors. The turbocharged petrol engine is capable to churn out a peak power of 129 PS and a max. torque of 180 Nm. The petrol-hybrid motor is currently offered with the global Jazz. The Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue rival from Honda will likely bring in the 1.0L turbo-petrol engine to India. It would be also seen on other Honda cars.
The sub-4m compact-SUV from Honda is expected to have a bold design theme, but with typical Honda design language. The car will feature the typical thick-chrome slat on the front grille, which will merge into the headlamps. With proportions almost identical to WR-V, the compact-SUV would be a little taller in comparison to the WR-V. However, there’s still some time for the car’s global unveiling, which is expected to take place sometime around May next year.